Australia To Open Its Borders Soon For International Students
While New South Wales is scrapping home and hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers from November 1, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified that Australia’s international borders are not open to “everyone” yet. Australia’s borders have been closed for the last 19 months to international travellers to prevent the spread of COVID-19
As per Morrison, the Australian International borders would open to more travellers “in a staged and careful way” with priority given to skilled migrants and international students ahead of tourists. Morrison was quoted saying, “The Commonwealth government has made no decision to allow other visa holders, skilled visa holders, student visa holders, international visitors travelling under an ETA or other international visa arrangements … to come to Australia under these arrangements. The premier understands that that’s a decision for the Commonwealth government not for the state governments. And when we believe that’s the right decision to make, we will make it in that time.”
In NSW however, from November 1, there will be no caps on overseas arrivals of people who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Currently, Australia recognizes the following vaccines for international travellers:
- Johnson & Johnson
The New South Wales government recently announced a pilot plan to facilitate the return of some 500 international students from December 2021. All participating students will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised COVID-19 vaccination before landing in Sydney, while strict quarantine protocols will be in place.
International students will quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation in Sydney and adhere to the same health and quarantine requirements set by the Australian government for returning Australians
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