November 26, 2021

Information for international students returning to Sydney and NSW

Now that the Australian border restrictions have finally been lifted, international students around the globe are preparing to travel to Australia. The news of border reopening is equally overwhelming as it is exciting due to the new rules. So, we are here to help! Here are a few sets of information that will help you make the necessary arrangements for your arrival in Sydney and other cities of New South Wales (NSW). 

A valid passport and a valid student visa for Australia

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months before you arrive in Australia.
  • Ensure that you have a valid student visa for Australia.
  • If you are applying for a new student visa, do it at least six weeks before your course starts.

For detailed information, visit Subclass 500 Student visa

Your vaccination must meet Australia’s requirements

  • You must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Good Association (TGA) approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine.
  •  Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates website has the list of vaccines approved and recognized by the government of Australia. 

Note: If you have been vaccinated outside Australia, you must present must certificates that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Containing at a minimum:
    1. name as it appears in the traveller’s passport
    2. either date of birth or passport number
    3. the vaccine brand name, and
    4. the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

Compulsory online submission of Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) 

You must submit your Australia Travel Declaration online with a copy of your vaccination certificate before your flight. You will receive an email confirmation with details to be shown (either electronically or printed) before boarding your flight and on arrival in Australia. You must complete the process at least 72 hours before your scheduled departure.

A negative Covid-19 PCR test report is a must

The different departure/transit locations may have their criteria and time validity for a negative PCR report. We suggest you check with your local authorities and your airlines and get tested accordingly. The test, however, must be done within 3 days of scheduled departure. Read more Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs – international travellers to Australia

Vaccination verification at the airport

Before you board the flight, the airline staff will check the following-

  1. that your vaccination status is valid for travel to Australia and
  2. that your COVID-19 test was negative.

Please have a printout of your vaccination certificate ready to prove that you are vaccinated.

Obtain a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test within 24 hours of arrival

Visit the nearest NSW Health free testing clinic to obtain a PCR test.  You can find the nearest clinic on this website. Read the NSW Health requirements for mandatory testing here

We are ecstatic to welcome you to NSW, Australia. If you have any questions, our team is here to answer them.

Do you want to discuss your travel options?