Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including international students can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
Returning international students must:
1. have received the number of doses required for a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA),
2. provide proof of their vaccination status; and
3. present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test that has been taken within three days prior to scheduled travel to NSW,
4. complete an Australian Travel Declaration prior to departure.
All fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in NSW must take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RATs) approved in Australia within 24 hours of arriving in NSW and isolate until they receive a negative result. A follow up rapid antigen test is required on or after day six after arriving in NSW. A test on day 12 is strongly recommended. 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.
Please note a penalty of $1,000 will apply if you fail to register a positive rapid antigen test result.
When preparing to travel, you should check what you need to do when leaving or coming to Australia from overseas.