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The information on this page is only for students participating in an approved International Student Arrival Plan. It does not replace information available on Student visasCOVID-19 measures for students or standard restrictions.

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The NSW International Student Arrivals Plan to return international students to NSW has received support from the Australian Government and NSW Government, in line with the State’s roadmap to recovery and the National Transition Plan for Australia’s COVID-19 response.

The Plan will allow a limited number of 250 international students studying with NSW education providers to return each fortnight from early December 2021.

To learn more about the NSW International Student Arrivals Plan, see Supporting the safe return of international students to NSW - Study NSW.

Overview

There are limited travel exemptions available for international students who can meet specific criteria including some health/medical students and PhD research students.

In addition to these limited travel exemptions, Australia’s state and territory governments, in consultation with the Australian government and education providers, are developing International Student Arrivals Plans to enable a limited numbers of students to travel to Australia until current travel restrictions are lifted.

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

Australian Government

States and territories:

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.

Information for students

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. You should contact your education provider to determine if they are included as part of this planning.

Visas

You must hold a valid Student (subclass 500) visa to participate in an International Student Arrival Plan. The Department will not facilitate priority processing for student visas as part of this process. 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 standard eligibility requirements. You can apply for a new student visa application via ImmiAccount.

Travel exemptions

If you are selected under these arrival plans, 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.

Students participating in an approved International Student Arrival Plan must expect to stay in Australia for an extended period. There is no automatic right of re-entry if students choose to leave. This includes for holidays, course breaks or to visit family.

If you choose to leave Australia, you will need to apply for an individual inwards travel exemption for re-entry. Travel exemptions are only granted in very limited and exceptional circumstances. For more information see travel restrictions and exemptions.

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.