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Return of international students

We are delighted to share the Australian Government’s announcement that from 1 December, Australia’s borders will reopen to fully vaccinated international students with a valid student visa. We understand that many of you are looking forward to returning to Australia as soon as possible, and this is a very exciting update.

We anticipate that more detailed information will be available in the coming weeks, however the following details have been confirmed by the Australian Government.  

As an international student wanting to enter Australia you must:

  • Be fully vaccinated and travel no earlier than seven days after receiving a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
    • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status and certificate requirements - available on the Australian Passport Office website.
    • Children under 12 and those who are medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination can gain access to the same arrangements as fully vaccinated travellers.
    • Arrangements are also in place to permit unvaccinated minors aged 12-17 years to travel with a fully vaccinated adult. Travellers should check the specific requirements with the state or territory to which they are travelling.
  • Hold a valid student visa
  • Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).

From 1 December, students who meet the above criteria will not require an exemption to travel to Australia.

If you arrive in Australia, you must comply with the quarantine requirements of the Australian state or territory of your arrival. Currently, international travellers can only arrive and travel between the Australian states of NSW, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Quarantine will still be required when arriving in QLD from other states or territories until 90% of Queensland’s eligible population is fully vaccinated. This timeframe is unknown but the 90% target could be reached early in 2022.

Please refer to Queensland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families.

As this situation is rapidly changing, we are hopeful that there will be opportunities for non-quarantine travel to Queensland in the near future, however it’s important to note the current Queensland quarantine requirements and associated costs. We will update you on any changes to this as they are available.

We recognise that there are a number of considerations in being able to return to Queensland and Bond including availability of flights, accommodation and timing. We want to assure you that Bond will continue offering our remote study platform for all semesters in 2022 (January, May and September) and for most students there is no requirement for you to be on campus for the January semester.

In preparation for returning to Australia it’s important that you:

If you are planning to travel to Australia, please remember to review all eligibility criteria and action the below.

If you do not currently hold a student visa, apply for your student visa now to ensure that you are prepared for travel given this is a condition of entry to Australia. In order to apply for a student visa you will need to provide evidence of your OSHC insurance premium. If you have not paid your OSHC premium and therefore do not have cover, please contact [email protected]. OSHC is a condition of the student visa application, however, please note the policy does not activate until the date you enter Australia. The portion that is unused prior to this activation will be available to claim as a refund from the insurer at the conclusion of your studies in Australia.

If you are a current student we will need to contact you with updates as the situation changes so it is important you keep your address, contact telephone number/s and emergency contact details up to date in eStudent. We will also be in contact with you with any updates via your Bond email account.

You are an important part of the Australian community, and we look forward to welcoming you to Australia and to Bond University’s campus in the near future.

Korean and Japanese Citizens

Australia will also welcome vaccinated citizens from Japan and Korea from December 1, 2021. If you are an eligible citizen seeking to travel to an Australian state or territory you must adhere to all the entry rules of that state or territory, including quarantine requirements.

Singaporean Citizens

From 21 November 2021, eligible and fully vaccinated Singaporean citizens are able to travel to New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.  If you are an eligible Singaporean citizen seeking to travel to an Australian state or territory other than those noted, you must adhere to all the entry rules of that state or territory, including quarantine requirements.