Planning to arrive in Australia for a semester 2 start?
It's important to keep up to date on travel, entry requirements and what you need to do to prepare for your flight. Here's everything you need to know.
Know Australia's border entry requirements
Requirements for travellers arriving into Australia have recently changed:
- People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status. However, it is recommend that you do get vaccinated for your own protection.
- People entering Australia no longer need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration.
- Masks are still required for international flights to Australia.
- Make sure you familiarise yourself with the entry conditions of the state or territory you are travelling to. This can include testing requirements.
You can find further details on the Study Australia Travel and Visas page.
Book your flight to Australia
Since the resumption of international travel, demand for international flights has contributed to some increases in flight prices globally. Here are some tips to help you shop around for the best value fare:
- Search and compare flight prices using private (or ‘incognito’) browsing windows. Airline and price comparison websites often track when you visit their websites and collect data on your search enquiries, so the prices may increase each time you visit the same site.
- Be flexible with your dates. You might find that you can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars if you choose flights on less popular days and times. Avoid travelling over a weekend if you can, as you can expect to pay a lot more!
- Sign up for newsletters. Major airlines will email subscribers to notify them of upcoming fare sales, which can help you secure a lower fare.
- Book early. The earlier you book a flight to Australia, the more likely you will be paying a lower price. Leaving your booking to the last minute may mean you’re caught paying higher rates, because fares increase as flights fill up.
- Be aware of hidden charges. A cheap flight may exclude things like food and luggage allowances, which may end up costing you a lot more in addition to your fare. Then, there are things such as hidden fees and charges, especially if you book on third-party websites. Compare full fares across general booking sites, direct-to-airline sites and with a travel agent to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal.
- Read the terms and conditions before you book. Airlines have been very flexible in recent months during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it may be harder now to change your flights last minute more normal travel arrangements resume.
Prepare for your flight to Australia
Even though Australia no longer requires you to have proof of vaccination status for your arrival, you will still need to check the travel requirements of your chosen airline, as well as any countries that you are transiting through, as they may still require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Make sure that you have a face mask to wear in the airport and on your flight. It’s also a good idea to pack some hand sanitiser to stop the spread of germs and to maintain social distancing in airports and wherever possible.
We have a full travel and pre-departure checklist here to make sure you have everything packed and ready to go!
Safe travels everyone! We can’t wait to have you here.