Latest updates for the COVID situation in Australia and international borders.

COVID-19 in Australia

Despite how well manage the pandemic has been handled in Australia and the gigantic efforts that the Australian People has done since the start of the pandemic to keep the communities safe, Australia has also been affected in different ways. After more than 2 years of borders closure, rules strictly limiting the arrival of both students and skilled migrants have been finally relaxed.

International students are an important part of the Australian community, and we are excited to welcome them back to the classrooms, campuses and communities.

We permanently update our students with information of any changes on the current situation and provide official information and support to keep you safe and healthy. Given the current difficulties we are all living with the current pandemic, it is necessary we stay together on this challenge. Talk to us if you are considering Australia as your destination of studying and if you have any concern about the COVID-19 situation in your city of studies, at Monkeys we provide accurate and responsible information that you might need to consider for your future plans in Australia.

For more official information about the COVID-19 and health system situation in Australia please find refer to the following link https://www.health.gov.au/health- alerts/covid-19.

Latest Update International Borders Australia

Australia’s borders are open to fully vaccinated International Students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.

“Latest news

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students can travel to Australia, without needing to apply for a travel exemption. For more information see vaccinated travellers.
All travellers need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of arrival, and any other states or territories they plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. To check requirements, see State and Te- rritory Information for travellers.
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 limi- ted travel exemptions available for international students who can meet speci- fic criteria including some health/medical students and PhD research students.

Overview

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 restric- tions are still in place.
The Australian Government has endorsed International Student Arrival Plans for the following states and territories. 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 | Study Adelaide.
ACT – Study | Canberra.

Information for international students and education providers is available across a range of agencies, including:

-Australian Government
-Department of Education, Skills and Employment Study Australia

 

To ensure the health and safety of Australians and international students, arrivals under an International Student Arrival Plan may be paused at any time under health advice.

Visa

You must hold a valid Student (subclass 500) visa to participate in an Internatio- nal Student Arrival Plan. We will not facilitate priority processing for student visas as part of these plans. Check our website for current processing times.
While there is no minimum visa validity required to enter Australia, you should allow enough time on your visa if there are delays to your travel to Australia. You cannot board your scheduled flight without a visa. To check your visa details, see Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you travel to Australia on your existing student visa, and you lodged a new visa application while offshore that is still pending a decision, you will be able to apply for a Bridging visa A. You can apply for a bridging visa via ImmiAccount. If you wish to lodge an application for a further student visa in Australia, you must meet the eligibility requirements. You can apply for a new student visa using ImmiAccount.

Travel Exemptions

State and territory governments will work with education institutions to identify and approach international students who may be eligible to return to Australia under an approved plan.

If you are selected under an International Student Arrival Plan, you will still need a travel exemption to travel to Australia. The relevant state or territory government will apply for this exemption on your behalf.

Your education provider will advise on travel arrangements once your travel exemption is approved. You should not apply for an individual travel exemption or make arrangements to travel to Australia to participate in an International Student Arrival plan unless you have been advised to by your education institution.

Further details on the process for travel exemptions related to approved International Student Arrival Plans will be made available to participating education providers and students as required. Please do not apply for an inwards travel exemption unless advised.

Australia Travel Declaration

You will need complete an online Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure to Australia.
The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and health status.

Once the declaration has been completed, you will receive an email with details you can show (either electronically or printed) before you board your flight and on arrival in Australia.

Visa conditions

You must have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your studies. You will not be eligible for Australian Government financial support.

You may also find it difficult to find part-time work in Australia given current economic conditions. It is important that you understand the work conditions related to your visa.

You and any accompanying family members must have and maintain adequate health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia. Students must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider, unless an exception applies.”

– (information taken from official website https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/international-student-arrival-plans)

We advise our student to contact us for any enquire about the pandemic situation in Australia or look for more official information about the International Borders in Australia in the following links:

•https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/international-travel •https://www.dese.gov.au/reopening-international-travel-students •www.Australia.gov.au/states •https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers.
Latest Update Date 04/01/2022

Keep in Mind and Be Safe…

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