Travel advice for international students

As a world-leading study destination, NSW is delighted to be welcoming international students back to our campuses and communities.

Latest information as at 12 May 2022

International travellers to Australia are no longer required to undertake a COVID-19 test prior to their scheduled travel. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

Check to see if you meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes then follow the steps on the Home Affairs website for entering and trans​​iting Australia.

If you are not fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, follow the steps on the Home Affairs website.

Important information for international students travelling to Sydney and NSW

All international passengers including international students travelling to Australia must comply with Australian Government entry requirements.

International travellers to Australia are no longer required to undertake a COVID-19 test prior to their scheduled travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

From 22 April 2022, close contacts (defined as a household contact or an individual deemed by NSW Health to be a close contact) will not have to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms and comply with NSW Health household and close contact guidelines.

From 30 April unvaccinated international arrivals will not be required to undertake hotel quarantine and will follow the same guidelines as fully vaccinated international arrivals.

Eligible visa holders, including international students, can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Returning international students must:

1. ensure they have a valid student visa via the VEVO website

2. check the Australian Government’s advice for latest information on COVID-19 entry requirements:

a. Vaccination evidence

Check to see if you meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes.

If you are vaccinated, you must present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the airline or vessel staff when checking-in for your travel and you may also be required to show your certificate on arrival at the Australian border.

If you do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, you may be considered for an individual travel exemption. Learn more about the Australian government’s travel exemption process to enter Australia, including applying online and the Commissioner’s guidelines for more information.

Visit the Australian government’s website to find out more about providing evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.

b. Declaration forms

You must complete a Digital Passenger Declaration prior to departure.

All international travellers arriving in NSW must take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) approved in Australia within 24 hours of arriving in NSW and isolate until they receive a negative result.

You must source your own rapid antigen test kits to ensure you have ready access on arrival in NSW. Please see the approved list of RATs on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.


Mandatory reporting of positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

To help NSW best manage the pandemic, from 12 January 2022, if you test positive for COVID-19 using a RAT, you must:

  • Report your positive result on Service NSW App
  • You must self-isolate at home for 7 days from the date you got tested, even if you are fully vaccinated

Clear step-by-step instructions on how to register a positive RAT result are available on the Service NSW website.

Read more about managing COVID-19 safely here.

Read more about NSW Health Public Health Orders and restrictions in managing COVID-19 and its impacts.

From Tuesday, 21 December, all fully vaccinated international travellers to arriving in NSW will be required to get a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result. They are no longer required to self-isolate for 72 hours. A follow up PCR test is required on day 6 of arrival.

When preparing to travel, you should check what you need to do when leaving or coming to Australia from overseas.

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