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Australia welcomes back international students

Return of International Students to Adelaide

Last updated: 5 May 2022

The Australian government has re-opened Australia’s borders to fully vaccinated international students and graduates.

This is wonderful news that our students, StudyAdelaide, international education providers and the Adelaide community have been waiting to hear.

There is no longer a requirement to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below provide details on the information currently available.

This information will be regularly updated so please check back often, and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Last updated: 5 May 2022

The Australian government has re-opened Australia’s borders to fully vaccinated international students and graduates.

This is wonderful news that our students, StudyAdelaide, international education providers and the Adelaide community have been waiting to hear.

There is no longer a requirement to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below provide details on the information currently available.

This information will be regularly updated so please check back often, and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers related to the safe return of international students to Adelaide.

When can I travel to Adelaide, South Australia for study?

Now.

Fully vaccinated international students and graduates can return to Adelaide without requiring a travel exemption.

You will need to:

  • have received a full dose* of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA),
  • provide proof of your vaccination status.

*Travellers to Australia will not require a booster or third vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia.

On arrival to Adelaide, you must:

  • undertake a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and quarantine until the test is taken.
Will I need to quarantine when I arrive in South Australia?

On 1 January 2022, South Australia removed the requirement for fully vaccinated international arrivals to undertake 7 days of quarantine.

Fully vaccinated international arrivals into South Australia are required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on arrival in SA and quarantine until they have been tested.

More information on South Australia’s quarantine requirements can be found here.

Can I bring Rapid Antigen Tests with me to Adelaide?

Travellers can bring rapid antigen tests (RATs) with them to Australia without a permit so long as:

  • the tests are for personal use, or for the use of immediate family, and
  • do not exceed 3 months’ supply.

It is recommended that any RATs brought from overseas are approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. A list of approved RATs is published on the TGA’s website at: www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-rapid-antigen-selftests-are-approved-australia.

Is there a checklist to help me understand the steps I need to take to return to Australia?

Study Australia has developed a helpful pre-departure and travel checklist for students which outlines the steps you need to take to return to Australia.

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

Yes, you will need to hold a valid Student visa to return to Australia.

You can check your current visa status and the expiry date of your visa through VEVO or your ImmiAccount.

You can also use your ImmiAccount to apply for a new visa if yours has already expired or is close to expiring.

For further information on student visas, visit the Department of Home Affairs.

If you held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and couldn’t complete your course in your original visa validity because of the impacts of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a visa application fee waiver.

You can find out more about this on the Department of Home Affairs website or speak to your education provider.


Is there anything I can do to prepare to return to Adelaide?

Yes, please ensure that you have a valid student visa and that you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved or recognised in Australia so that you are ready to travel.

Further information on providing proof of vaccination when entering Australia, can be found here (https://www.passports.gov.au/guidance-foreign-vaccination-certificates).

All visa holders should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) before travelling to Australia. Travellers can start a DPD seven days before their flight to Australia, but can only submit a DPD within 72 hours before their departure. This is because they must provide their health information and declaration within 72 hours before their flight. Passengers must be able to provide evidence that they made this declaration before boarding the aircraft.

To complete the DPD, visit: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/digital-passenger-declaration.

It is recommended to bring a printed copy of your vaccination status with you when travelling to Australia.

Once you have booked a flight, please let your education provider know of your arrival date into Adelaide.

Do I have to be vaccinated to travel to Australia?

Only fully vaccinated international students will be able to enter Australia without a travel exemption.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, you need to have received the recommended schedule of doses of a vaccine that Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved or recognised.

Vaccines currently recognised and approved in Australia can be found here.

Further information on providing proof of vaccination when entering Australia, can be found here (https://www.passports.gov.au/guidance-foreign-vaccination-certificates).

What evidence do I need to provide to show that I have been fully vaccinated?

You will be asked to show evidence of your vaccination status when arriving into Australia.

More information on how you can evidence your status can be found here.

It is recommended to bring a printed copy of your vaccination status with you when travelling to Australia.

Are students from all countries able to return to Adelaide, South Australia?

Fully vaccinated student visa holders from any country, can now enter Australia.

For more information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs.

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

No, international students no longer require a travel exemption to enter Australia.

How do I find accommodation in Adelaide?

It’s important to organise accommodation for your studies in Adelaide.  

StudyAdelaide’s website Adelaide Student Housing (ASH) is designed to make it quick and easy for students to find, compare and apply directly for their preferred student accommodation in Adelaide. 

Visit adelaidestudenthousing.com.au to find the right option for you.

I’m in Australia now but I want to go home to see my family. Can I leave the country and then come back?

Yes, international students can leave Australia, and can return to Australia if they are fully vaccinated and hold a valid visa.

Before making any travel plans, it is important to refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information.

Please contact your institution before making any travel plans.

I am concerned about how students will be welcomed back to Adelaide. What can I expect?

South Australia has a rich history of promoting and encouraging a culture of inclusion and respect, and this has never been more important than right now.

As always, your institution, StudyAdelaide and the South Australian government will do everything possible to support you during your time in South Australia.
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