The Australian Government has made the difficult decision to place a temporary pause on the return of fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including students, to 15 December 2021. This two-week pause will allow authorities more time to better understand the newly identified COVID-19 virus strain, Omicron.
Health experts, specifically, are interested to know how the new variant interacts with COVID-19 vaccines, the severity of related illness and levels of community transmission.
Please note that this temporary pause also impacts travel arrangements with Japan and the Republic of Korea, which will also be paused until 15 December 2021.
Australian health authorities have also removed Seychelles from the list of countries where the Omicron variant has been detected. However, travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique will still need to adhere to additional travel restrictions, for now.
Students intending to return to Australia must meet the requirements noted on the Study Australia pre-flight checklist. Students should stay in contact with their education provider for further details on resumption of their studies.
We continue to update the Study Australia website, and as always, encourage students to regularly check this page, Latest Travel Advice, for updates.