Sydney and NSW to welcome international students
Study NSW welcomes the Australian Government's announcement that fully vaccinated student visa holders and other eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption effective 15 December 2021.
Our State has missed the many positive contributions international students make to the communities where they study, live and work.
With a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to community safety and liveability, NSW will continue to offer international students the opportunity to learn in one of the world’s best countries for students, acquire internationally recognised qualifications and launch their career in Australia or anywhere in the world.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said international education plays a vital role in connecting NSW to the world, with almost 290,000 students studying here before the pandemic, supporting more than 95,000 full-time jobs.
Important information for returning international students to Sydney and NSW
From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can now travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
The Department of Home Affairs has published new advice on arrangements for eligible visa holders.
Please consult the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website or Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for advice on COVID-19 vaccines recognised for the purposes of travel to Australia.
The NSW Government will not require international students to quarantine on arrival. This aligns with quarantine requirements for returning Australians.
When preparing to travel, you should check what you need to do when leaving Australia or coming to Australia from overseas.
International students who are returning under the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan will still travel to Sydney on their scheduled flights.
Update on the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan
International students who were booked to return on flights under the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan will still travel to NSW on their scheduled flights. The existing flights provide a safe return path to NSW while the international travel situation remains fluid and spaces on commercial flights may remain limited.
The first chartered plane will land in Sydney on Monday 6 December and carry over 250 students from over 15 nations, including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada. A second flight carrying students from South Asia is due to arrive in Sydney on 24 December 2021.
All international students who return to Australia must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination before landing in Sydney.