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Information to support the safe return of international students to Adelaide

Return of International Students to Adelaide

We are delighted to share that the Australian government has approved the South Australian government’s plan to return international students to Adelaide. This is an important step towards welcoming back international students to our city.

While there are many elements still to determined, 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.

We are delighted to share that the Australian government has approved the South Australian government’s plan to return international students to Adelaide. This is an important step towards welcoming back international students to our city.

While there are many elements still to determined, 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

What is the progress on the plan to return international students to Adelaide?

The Australian government has approved South Australia’s plan to safely return international students to Adelaide.  South Australia is the first state in Australia to receive this endorsement.  It is an important first of a number of steps required to bring international students back to South Australia.

Can I travel to Adelaide for study now?

No. Australia’s borders are currently closed to temporary visa holders, including international students and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled. Travel to Australia is only available for people who are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption. Further information about exemptions can be found here.

Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Please visit Department of Home Affairs to stay informed with the latest updates.

When will students be able to return to Adelaide under this plan?

It is anticipated that students will start to return to Adelaide in the second half of 2021.

Can students from all countries return to Adelaide under this plan?

A range of countries and regions will be included in the returning students plan, and, as with all elements of the plan, this will be guided by advice provided by relevant state and national health agencies.

Where is the quarantine facility? 

The dedicated quarantine facility, using pre-existing purpose-built student accommodation, is located at the Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) Parafield site, about a 30-minute drive from the city centre.

How long will the facility be used for? 

The facility will be used for as long as there is a requirement for this type of quarantine service.

How much will quarantine cost and who will pay for it?

The cost of quarantine is still being calculated. It will be paid for by students and the education institutions participating in the program. 

How many students can be quarantined at one time?

The quarantine facility will house 160 students at one time.

Is it compulsory to quarantine?

Yes, everyone travelling to Australia from overseas is required to quarantine in a dedicated facility. Therefore, all students who wish to return to Adelaide will need to quarantine at the FTA facility for a full 14 days. Students will be tested throughout their quarantine period and will need to return a negative COVID-19 result to leave the facility.

I have received a COVID-19 vaccination, do I still need to quarantine?

Yes, all returning travellers are required to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.

How will students be selected?

The selection process is still being determined. It will involve a combination of factors including health requirements regarding travel and quarantine, individual course requirements, quarantine capacity and airline connectivity. A valid passport and student visa will be required.


Do I need to apply for an individual travel exemption to participate in the return program?

No. Please do not apply for a travel exemption or attempt to travel to Australia at this point. Your education institution will be in contact with you at the appropriate time if you are selected for the return program and will advise on next steps, including the exemption process.

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in the return program?

No, proof of vaccination is not a requirement for any returning traveller at this stage, including students.

Is there a minimum age to participate in the program?

Yes. A student currently needs to be 18 years or older to be eligible to return to Adelaide on this program.

Students currently studying in Year 11 or 12 at a South Australian school, can find further information in the subject ‘Individual exemptions’ on this webpage here.

Students are advised to contact their school if they are seeking to travel to Adelaide using this exemption.

Can dependents (spouse, child) be included in the program?

No. The program is only for international students selected by their institution.

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

Students should stay connected to their education provider and to us. Subscribe to our newsletter and ensure education institutions have up-to-date contact information: email, address, and phone number.