Despite the concerns about the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, Australia will continue its re-opening plan, Health Minister Greg Hunt has said.
From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students can travel to participating states and territories in Australia, quarantine-free without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
‘Yes, we are on track for that. That has been reconfirmed over the weekend,’ Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday.
Mr Hunt said Australia is not concerned about Omicron because, though more infectious, it appears to be milder than the Delta strain.
Students who are not eligible to travel without an exemption may be able to travel to Australia under an International Student Arrival Plan. There are also limited travel exemptions available for international students who can meet specific criteria including some health/medical students and PhD research students.
For more information see vaccinated travellers.
Australia’s state and territory governments, in consultation with the Australian government and education providers, are developing International Student Arrival Plans to enable students to travel to Australia while some travel restrictions are still in place.
The Australian Government has endorsed International Student Arrival Plans for the following states. See the links below for information:
- NSW – Supporting the safe return of international students to NSW – Study NSW
- Qld – Study Queensland
- Vic – International Student Arrivals Plan | Coronavirus Victoria
- SA – Return of International Students to Adelaide | StudyAdelaide.