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22 November 2021: Prime Minister's Media Statement - Further Steps to Reopen Australia

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders include skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders.

Under these arrangements, travellers must:

  • Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses
  • Provide proof of their vaccination status
  • Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within three days of departure.

Travellers to Australia must comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.

The return of skilled workers and international students to Australia will further cement our economic recovery, providing the valuable workers our economy needs and supporting our important education sector. 

From 1 December 2021, Australia will also welcome back fully vaccinated citizens from Japan and the Republic of Korea. Under these arrangements, citizens of Japan and the Republic of Korea who hold a valid Australian visa will be able to travel from their home country quarantine-free to participating states and territories, without needing to seek a travel exemption.

Under these arrangements, travellers must:

  • Depart from their home country
  • Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by the TGA
  • Hold a valid Australian visa
  • Provide proof of their vaccination status
  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within three days of departure.

Today’s announcement follows earlier changes which have seen us welcome home fully vaccinated Australians, permanent residents and their immediate family members since 1 November, and follows the commencement of the Singapore safe travel zone yesterday.

Bond is partnering with the Queensland and Australian Government to ensure the safe return of international students to campus in 2022 through the Queensland Student Arrivals Plan. The plan will commence in January 2022, and will continue throughout the year, initially bringing back 250 international students to Queensland every two weeks.

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.

We will update this page regularly over the coming months as new information is available, sharing what this means for you and your arrival in Australia. Until then, we encourage you to enrol in Bond from wherever you are currently located and take advantage of Bond’s multimodal study experience. We are excited about welcoming you back to Queensland and Bond!

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

  • Are enrolled to study in the 221 intake, studying remotely from wherever you are currently located.
  • Hold a current Australian Student Visa

If you do not currently hold a student visa, the Department of Home Affairs recommends you apply for your student visa now to ensure that when borders open you are prepared to travel given this will be a condition of entry to Australia. In order to apply for a student visa you will need to pay your OSHC insurance premium. This 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. For assistance with setting up your OSHC policy and any questions about applying for your student visa, please contact [email protected].

  • Have updated your Contact Details with Bond on eStudent

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.

  • Are fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised COVID-19 vaccine

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that Coronavac (Sinovac), Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India), Sinopharm (China) and Covaxin (India) Covid-19 vaccines vaccines will be considered as ‘recognised vaccines’ for the purpose of determining incoming international travellers as being appropriately vaccinated. This is in addition to the four COVID-19 vaccines that have previously been approved and registered for use by the TGA - Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax) and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. We will update you if there are changes to this recognised list.