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.

International travellers to Australia are no longer required to undertake a COVID-19 test prior to their scheduled travel. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.

Check to see if you meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes then follow the steps on the Home Affairs website for entering and trans​​itting Australia.

If you are not fully vaccinated for international travel purposes, follow the steps on the Home Affairs website.

Important information for international students travelling to Sydney and NSW

Travel requirements to Australia have changed. From 6 July 2022, travellers to Australia no longer need to:

  • provide evidence of vaccination status
  • complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • have a travel exemption if they are unvaccinated.

International travellers to NSW:

  • are not required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival
  • are not required to wear a face mask in airports but must wear a mask while on an aircraft flying above NSW.

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.

Unvaccinated international arrivals will not be required to undertake hotel quarantine and will follow the same guidelines as fully vaccinated international arrivals.

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

Household and close contacts

Close contacts (defined as a household contact or an individual deemed by NSW Health to be a close contact) of people who are COVID-19 positive will not have to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms. Close contacts must comply with NSW Health household and close contact guidelines.


Mandatory reporting of positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

To help NSW best manage the pandemic, if you test positive for COVID-19 using a RAT, you must:

  • Report your positive result on Service NSW – clear step-by-step instructions on how to register a positive RAT result are available on the Service NSW website.
  • Self-isolate at home for 7 days from the date you got tested, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more about NSW Health Public Health Orders and restrictions in managing COVID-19 and its impacts.


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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