Travel advice for international students

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As a world-leading study destination, NSW is delighted to be welcoming international students back to our campuses and communities.

Travelling from China, Hong Kong and Macau

For people travelling to Australia from the People's Republic of China, including Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, please refer to the latest announcement from the Australian Government Department of Health.

There are no restrictions for entering NSW, but it is recommended that you monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19 and stay at home or in your accommodation until your symptoms have resolved, even if you receive a negative result.


Tested positive

If you test positive to COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test, NSW Health recommends you register your result with Service NSW.

People should understand who is at higher risk of severe illness and seek advice from a doctor about antivirals if they get sick.

Visit the NSW Government’s website for COVID-19 related advice for international travels.

Important information for international students travelling to Sydney and NSW

From 9 September 2022, masks are no longer required on flights travelling to Australia.

Travellers to Australia should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia

It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

For updated information about Australia’s travel requirements, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

There are no restrictions on interstate travel to NSW. However, we can practise safe behaviours to help protect each other from COVID-19. Please read Stay COVID safe.


Testing positive to COVID-19

To help NSW best manage the pandemic, if you test positive for COVID-19 using a RAT, you are encouraged to register a positive rapid antigen test result.

It is no longer a requirement to self isolate if you test positive.

Stay home until your symptoms resolve, and don’t visit people at high risk of severe illness, or anyone in high risk settings, such as hospitals, aged or disability care facilities for at least 7 days.

If you have to leave the house, wear a mask when indoors and on public transport, avoid large gatherings and crowded, indoor places.

Read more about testing and managing COVID-19.


From Tuesday, 21 December, all fully vaccinated international travellers to arriving in NSW will be required to get a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result. They are no longer required to self-isolate for 72 hours. A follow up PCR test is required on day 6 of arrival.

When preparing to travel, you should check what you need to do when leaving or coming to Australia from overseas.

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