Changes to travel requirements for international students

International students and their families will no longer have to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status before travelling to Australia.

06 Jul 2022

International students and their families will no longer have to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status before travelling to Australia.

Following changes to the Australian Biosecurity Act on 6 July 2022:

  • People entering Australia do not need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD).
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.

However, student visa holders still need to check and meet any requirements for the state or territory that you will arrive in, or travel to after you arrive in Australia, in case COVID-19 testing is required. Check the latest requirements for your state or territory here.

The Biosecurity Act changes were made following health advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.

According to the Australian Government’s Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Clare O’Neil MP, removing these DPD and vaccination status requirements means that all visa holders can now travel to Australia without needing a travel exemption.

For more information on the changes to international travel requirements visit the Study Australia Travel and Visas page.

We very much look forward to welcoming all new and returning international students to our campuses and communities, and trust that these changes will result in a smooth transition to studies in Australia.