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The Australian Government has now reopened international borders which has allowed international students to start planning and re-entering into Australia for their study. From 1am Saturday 22nd January, Queensland will also open to international arrivals, with no quarantine required for fully vaccinated travelers.

For the most up-to-date information please see the Australian Government Home Affairs COVID-19 page.

 

Students will be able to return to Australia provided they;

With borders reopening, it is also a requirement that students can undertake a full-time study load (minimum of 3 x courses each Trimester).

Please also remember that if you are seeking advice on your progression to Griffith University you can meet with one of our Student Learning Advisors via the Digital Campus. To book an appointment please click here.

Options for students to come to Queensland

From 1am Saturday 22nd January 2022, fully vaccinated arrivals are not required to undertake quarantine. You will need to do a  COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival and undertake the required 7 day isolation period if a positive result is returned. More information on what to do if you test positive can be found here.

If you are flying into a state outside of Queensland, you must comply with the quarantine requirements (if any) of that state. Travelers will still be required to check requirements in place for people arriving from overseas here.

Refunds of visa application charges

The federal government will refund the $630 visa processing charge already paid by international students now out of the country who return in the next eight weeks. And new applicants for student visas will not pay it at all if they lodge in the same period.

The government has also dropped all restrictions on international students working. As of January 19, 2022, there is no limit “on student visa holders working hours across all sectors of the economy.”  This applies to all on-going students and new arrivals who start a job prior to their courses commencing.  The all-hours rule will be reviewed in April.

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More information

For the latest information on travel requirements for Australia and Queensland please refer to the following websites:

  • Queensland Government COVID-19 advice for international arrivals to Queensland can be found here.
  • Griffith University International student arrivals webpage.
  • Further details regarding recognised vaccines in Australia here.
  • Information regarding foreign vaccination certificate requirements can be found here.
  • For the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia, please visit the Department of Health here.

We are so excited to welcome international students back to Queensland and back to Griffith College.

Latest updates for travelling from overseas to Australia

When will I be able to return to Australia for my studies?

Quarantine requirements in Australia are determined by State and Territory Governments.

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated student visa holders can come to the following states in Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption and without any quarantine:

  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
When will I be able to enter into Queensland for my studies?

The State’s borders will be open to all fully vaccinated domestic and international arrivals without the need to quarantine from 1am Saturday 22nd January 2022.

You can view the Queensland re-opening road map here.

Will I have to quarantine?

No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated travelers, you just need to do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24hours of arrival in Queensland. If a positive result is returned you will need to isolate for the required 7 day period. More information can be found here.

Who will book my flights to come to Australia?

Students will be responsible for booking and paying for their own flights.

Conditions of entry into Australia and steps to undertake prior to departure

What are the conditions of entry into Australia from overseas?

To enter Australia you must:

 

You must also comply with any specific quarantine requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territory to which you plan to travel.

Will it be compulsory for international students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to entering Australia?

Yes.

Australia requires international arrivals to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine. This is to help protect your safety and that of the Australian community. A list of vaccines currently recognised and approved in Australia can be found here.

How do I know if my vaccination certificate meets Australia’s requirements?

Travellers vaccinated outside Australia will be required to present 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
  • Must contain:
    • Name as it appears on traveller’s passport
    • Either date of both or passport number
    • The vaccine brand name, and
    • The date of each does or the date the full course of immunisation was completed.

Both paper and digital certificates are acceptable.

What evidence do students need to provide to show they have been fully vaccinated?

International travelers will be required to submit an Australia Travel Declaration online with a copy of your vaccination certificate before your flight. This needs to be completed at least 72 hours before your flight.

You will then need to provide an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) or foreign vaccination certificate when you board your flight and again, on arrival in Australia. Further information can be viewed at the Smartraveller website.

Travel requirements

Will I need a current student visa to return to Australia?

Yes, you will need to hold a valid student visa to enter Australia.  Students can check their current visa status and the expiry date of their visa through VEVO or their ImmiAccount.

Students can also use their ImmiAccount to apply for a new visa if theirs has already expired or is close to expiring.  For further information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Do I still need a travel exemption to come to Australia?

Not for the following Australian states effective 22nd January 2022:

  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Other Australian states (Western Australia and South Australia) are expected to follow once 90% of the population (aged 12+) are fully vaccinated.  This is expected to happen around January or February 2022.  This is to help protect you and the Australian community.  While you do not require an exemption, when returning to Australia you will be required to complete and submit an Australia Travel Declaration online with a copy of your vaccination certificate before your flight.  This must be completed at least 72 hours before your scheduled flight departure.

 

More information on current practices in other states can be located at here.

Pre-departure

What can international students do to prepare to come to Australia? 

Enrolled students

  • Ensure they are fully vaccinated with a TGA approved vaccine;
  • Contact their travel agent and start looking into their travel arrangements to Australia;
  • Understand their local COVID-19 testing arrangements;
  • Understand how to get relevant travel exemptions (if required).
  • Take the free Study Australia course here on Academic Readiness which will help you prepare for study at Griffith College once you arrive.

Prospective Students 

How do I arrange a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure?

The Australian Government does not maintain a list of approved international facilities or laboratories that provide COVID-19 PCR testing for pre-departure testing purposes.

International travellers to Australia should contact the local health authority of the country that they are in for information on the nearest COVID-19 PCR testing facility or laboratory. This information is generally advertised on the local health authorities’ websites.

Who will inform current international students if they are eligible to return to Australia?

Current students can return from 15 December, and then for other states we will advise students when they are able to return without quarantine. This will be prior to Semester 1 2022.

Arrival in Australia

Where do I need to take my COVID-19 test upon arrival in Australia?

International arrivals are required to undertake COVID-19 tests once they arrive in Australia.

The specific requirements differ for each state and territory. See here for information on the requirements.

Until border restrictions are relaxed for Queensland, you may be required to complete the Queensland Travel Declaration prior to entering Queensland.

How do I organise my accommodation?

When you arrive and where you are flying in from will determine if you will be required to quarantine. If you are required to quarantine in Queensland, it must be booked through the Queensland Government. For more information about quarantine arrangements see here.

How do I organise airport pick up?

When you arrive and where you are flying in from will determine if you will be required to quarantine, and airport pickup with be pre-organised if you are going into quarantine. If you are required to quarantine in Queensland it must be booked through the Queensland Government. For more information about quarantine arrangements see here.

If you are not required to quarantine you can book your airport pickup either through your agent, or accommodation provider.

Will returning international students be able to immediately commence on-campus learning?

If there are on campus classes we would absolutely love to have you on campus attending class in person. We will still be offering hybrid options for attending classes through our Flexible Learning so that students have the option to attend certain classes either in person or via zoom.

What if I am still unable to or do not wish to return to Australia to study in 2022?

Please also remember that if you are seeking advice on your study or progression to Griffith University you can meet with one of our Student Learning Advisors via the Digital Campus so they can provide the best advice and options for you as you complete your study with Griffith College. To book an appointment please click here.

Support services

What if I get COVID-19 in Australia?

If you get tested for the virus, or you have symptoms, you need to stay at home. You will need to do this until you either have a negative test result or your symptoms have gone – whichever is longer. It may take a day or two for your test results to come back.

Queensland Health has the latest information on what to do here.

For questions about testing or patient welfare, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. Please also inform your college immediately.

Can International students and their families remain confident that they can stay safe and protected from Covid-19 once they recommence their studies in Australia?

In the uncertainty of these times, Australia’s focus on minimising the risks of COVID-19 means international students can be more confident of their experience here than anywhere else in the world.

This website is being reviewed regularly and will include the latest information for students and staff on any impact on University operations.

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