Latest updates about COVID in Australia and international borders.
Despite how well-managed the pandemic has been handled in Australia and the gigantic effort that the Australian People have put in 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 our classrooms, campuses and communities.
We regularly update our students with information on any changes in the current situation and provide official information and support to keep you safe and healthy. Given the current difficulties we are all living, it is necessary we stick together to face this challenge. Talk to us if you are considering Australia as your destination of study and if you have any concerns about the COVID-19 situation in your city of studies, at Monkeys we provide accurate and responsible information that you would need to consider for your future plans in Australia.
For more official information about the COVID-19 and the health system situation in Australia, please 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, Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) and Tourism visa holders.
From 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory. All incoming and outgoing international travellers may be requested to provide proof they’ve had two doses of an approved vaccine. 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 Territory Information for travellers.
It is now easier for Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia and fully vaccinated visa holders to travel to Australia. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia. The Government is continuing to assist vulnerable Australians, including those who are unvaccinated or who have not been able to access TGA approved or recognised vaccines still seeking to return home, through facilitated commercial flights.
Your vaccination status will impact the options available for travel to Australia. All incoming travellers will need to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.
You must hold a valid Student (subclass 500) visa to enter the country. The Australian government is facilitating priority processing for student visas as part of the plan of returning international students into the country. 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.
Get a foreign vaccination certificate (if you don’t have an ICVC). If you were vaccinated outside of Australia and you do not have an ICVC, you must obtain an overseas vaccination certificate.
Your vaccination certificate must have been issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider. Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable. Your certificate must be in English. A certificate is also acceptable if it is written in multiple languages and one of those languages is English. Otherwise, you will need a full certified translation.
Your certificate must show, at a minimum:
• Your name as it appears in your passport
• either your date of birth or your passport number
• The vaccine brand name, and
• Either the date you got each dose or the date on which you completed a full course of immunisation.
Airlines will check your certificate when you check-in to your flight. If your vaccination certificate does not meet all these requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
Australia Travel Declaration
Complete the Australian Digital Passenger Declaration before your flight. Passengers arriving in Australia by air should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration before travelling to Australia. You can start aDPD seven days before your flight, but you must submit it before your departure for Australia. Passengers who do not complete a DPD before departure may face unnecessary delays when they arrive in Australia.
When filling out the DPD, you will need to:
• Provide your contact details, including a contact phone number in Australia
• Make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status
• Make a declaration regarding your last 14 days travel history
• Make a declaration that you are aware of the quarantine and testing requirements that apply when coming to Australia and in the state or territory you are landing, and the penalties for non-compliance.
Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information as set out in s 137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. Travelers may also have to undergo hotel quarantine at their own expense. After you clear both primary and secondary passenger processes, you will need to comply with the quarantine, entry, and post-arrival testing requirements of the state or territory where you have entered
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 with any enquiry 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 02/06/2022
Keep in Mind and Be Safe…
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