Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for international students

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment's thoughts are with all international students and their families affected by COVID-19.

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International students are an important and valued part of Australia’s world class education system. Those impacted by the COVID-19 emergency can contact international.students@dese.gov.au.

In addition to the information provided below, a range of resources and support can be found on the Study in Australia website, the official Australian Government website for international students.

International Student Arrivals

International students are an important part of the Australian community, and we are excited to welcome them back to our classrooms, campuses and communities. Australia’s borders are open to fully vaccinated international students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.

There is a factsheet available on the reopening of international travel to students. Following Australia’s border reopening the Protocols and Preconditions for International Student Arrivals have been updated.

COVID-19 vaccine information

Support and wellbeing

To find out how you can seek help if you are experiencing distress, anxiety or concern as an international student as a result of COVID-19, read the Support for international students affected by coronavirus fact sheet.

School-aged students

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders includes all school student cohorts with a valid visa. This supersedes all previously applying DESE-brokered bulk exemption processes, including the exemption process for Year 11 and 12 students and the 2021-2022 Summer holiday process. 

Information on international student returns from 15 December 2021 is available.