COVID-19 (coronavirus): Latest advice for the Bond community.

Return of international students

The Australian Government has announced that, from 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated student visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.  The Queensland Government have also announced from 1am AEST Saturday 22 January, fully vaccinated international student visa holders are welcome to return without quarantine. 

We are excited about these recent announcements and look forward to welcoming you to Bond University! 

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 rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of your flight's departure, or a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure. 

Students who meet the above criteria will not require an exemption to travel to Australia.

The Queensland Government have announced that eligible fully vaccinated international travellers will be allowed into Queensland from 1am Saturday 22 January quarantine-free. Travellers will be required to get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours after arrival, and to isolate at home or in other accommodation until they receive a result. If you test negative you no longer need to quarantine, however if you test positive you should follow First steps if you have COVID-19.
Queensland's state border is also open to all vaccinated travellers. Please note that quarantine requirements sit with the Australian state or territory of your arrival.

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). We look forward to welcoming you to the Bond campus in the near future. 

In preparation for travelling 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.

Our next intake at Bond starts Monday 16 May 2022.

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 Bond 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.

International Travel Agreements

The Australian Government has also announced specific travel agreements with countries whose citizens will be able to travel into Australia and not need to complete quarantine. Current countries with which these agreements are in place include New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

Further information can be found on Department of Home Affairs website. Again, restrictions specific to arriving in Queensland apply.

Returning International Student FAQs (last updated 21/02/2022)

The below includes answers to the frequently asked questions we are currently receiving from Bond international students. Please note that information is rapidly changing so please continue to refer to this website along with other government approved sites for the most up to date information.

The Australian Government has announced that, from 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated student visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Queensland has also announced that from Saturday 22 January, fully vaccinated international travellers may enter Queensland without requiring quarantine. 

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 a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of your flight's departure, or a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of departure.

The Queensland Government have announced that fully vaccinated international travellers will be allowed into Queensland from 1am on Saturday January 22 without having to quarantine for two weeks. Travellers will need to do a rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR test within 24 hours of their arrival and quarantine at home or in other accommodation until they receive a negative result. Those who test positive should follow First steps if you have COVID-19. It is recommended that you take a photo of your test result.

Based on current Australian Government Health advice, the vaccines which are recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and requirements around proof of COVID-19 vaccination status and certificate requirements are available on the Australian Passport Office website.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia including international students aged 12 years and over. You do not need a Medicare card to get your vaccination at a government vaccination clinic. COVID-19 booster shots have been approved by the Queensland Government for people who have completed their full course of COVID-19 vaccinations over 6 months ago.

The Bond University Medical Centre is offering various vaccines on campus for all staff and students at no cost. Booster shots are also now available. Bond medical staff will also be able to administer rapid antigen testing services on campus for current students. 

If you are an international student visa holder studying at Bond from within Australia, it is a requirement of your Student Visa, condition 8202, that you study full-time, attend face to face on-campus classes at our Gold Coast campus and meet satisfactory academic requirements.

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.

It is important to ensure you confirm your student visa requirements using the Document Checklist Tool. A complete application will enable quicker processing and reduce backlogs, particularly during peak processing periods. If required, complete your health examinations, English language tests, and biometrics collection as soon as possible. If you applied earlier, please check your application and update if any details have changed. For example, if you have changed your CoE since you applied, you will need to attach the new CoE to the application via ImmiAccount as soon as possible. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

If you have already made plans to return to Australia and Bond, please make sure to share these details with the Student Business Centre at [email protected] or complete the Before you Travel form on this webpage. 

A daily update on Queensland COVID statistics including vaccination rates can be found at Queensland COVID-19 statistics.

The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided guidance on foreign vaccination certificate requirements.