Travel and visas

This page contains details on travel to Australia and the student visa process.

Latest travel advice

From 6 July 2022, there are some changes to Australia’s entry requirements:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia

Please note that masks are still required for international flights to Australia.

In addition to following the advice above, please stay in contact with your education provider for information and updates.

Pre-departure testing

The Australian Government no longer requires people travelling to Australia to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel.

However, you will still need to check that you meet the requirements of your airline and any countries you transit through.

Quarantine and testing arrangements for states and territories can change. Click here to ensure you have the most recent information for the state or territory that you will be arriving in.

Latest advice on student visas

The Australian Government is continuing to grant student visas and we advise the following:

  • If you are a new student, please first enrol at an education institution and then apply for a student visa.
  • If you are waiting for a visa approval, you may wish to consider continuing or commencing your studies online. Australian education providers offer a range of online learning and study load options – please contact your education institution for further details.
  • If you have already commenced studying online or in transnational education programs and do not have a student visa, we encourage you to apply for a student visa now.
  • If you already hold a student visa, online study or transnational education undertaken outside of Australia due to COVID-19 can count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
  • The Australian Government has temporarily removed restrictions on student visa holder working hours. This means there is currently no restriction on the number of hours that students can work while studying in Australia. This is a temporary measure for ongoing students as well as new student arrivals who will be able to start working before the start of their course.
  • The temporary removal of restrictions on working hours does not change the requirement that international students must still meet satisfactory course progress requirements, and balance work and study commitments.
  • International students are protected by Australia's workplace laws. Please visit the Study Australia Employability Hub for student and graduate work information.
  • Your visa application fee will be waived to allow you to submit a further student visa application, if you held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and could not complete your course within the original visa time period because of the impacts of COVID-19.
  • If you are already located in Australia, health and well-being support remains available through education providers, government and community services.
  • It is important that you are able to financially support yourself throughout your studies during your time in Australia. Please refer to this guide to calculate your living costs while living and studying in Australia.
  • International students currently outside Australia should check their visa status via the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website prior to making arrangements to travel to Australia.

Latest advice on graduate visas

  • The length of stay, for those students who have the Temporary Graduate visa, has been extended from two (2) to three (3) years for Masters by Coursework graduates, matching the provisions for Masters by Research graduates. Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector graduates will also receive a two (2) year Temporary Graduate visa.
  • From 1 July 2022, current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders who lost time in Australia due to COVID-19 international travel restrictions can apply for a replacement visa. This includes people who were outside of Australia at any time between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 while they held a Temporary Graduate visa. Applications may be made until 31 December 2026. Click here for more information on the Home Affairs website.
  • From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, applicants for the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa Graduate Work stream will not need to nominate an occupation from the skilled occupation list and obtain a skills assessment. This will apply to all applications lodged on or after 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2023. It will not be applied to applications lodged before 1 July 2022.

Frequently asked visa questions (FAQs)

The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs has provided answers and important links related to your most frequently asked student visa questions.

You can also find updates on the Home Affairs website.

Travel FAQs

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Australia?

From 6 July 2022, people entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status. However, it is strongly recommended that you do get vaccinated for your own protection.

What COVID-19 testing or quarantine requirements exist for student arriving in Australia?

Each state or territory has its own requirements for quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

Please check the latest updates here.

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