Pre-departure and arrival information

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This information is for international students, education institutions and agents regarding the return of international students 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.

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

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

We are delighted to be welcoming you back to New South Wales (NSW). To help you prepare for your return, please use this checklist to ensure you have all the relevant information and documents required.

Plan ahead and please read carefully to ensure you have a safe and smooth journey and transition back to NSW community.

Your checklist

Step 1 (Mandatory)

Ensure your passport and student visa for Australia are valid

Check that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to your arrival in Australia.

All international students must ensure that their student visa for Australia is valid.

Please visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for information. Apply for your visa at least six weeks before your course starts.

Complete as soon as possible.


Step 2 (Recommended)

Organise your accommodation in Sydney

It is best to book short-term accommodation before you arrive in Australia and look for longer-term options when you arrive. This allows you time to explore the neighbourhoods and view the properties and can help you choose an accommodation option that best suits you. Temporary accommodation includes budget hostels and hotels.

Study NSW has a list of student accommodation options in Sydney and regional NSW.

In compliance with visa condition 8533 on your student visa grant, you must let your education provider know your residential address within seven (7) days of arriving in Australia. If your residential address changes you must let your education provider know within 7 days of the change.

Complete two weeks before departure.


Step 3 (Recommended)

Organise your transport from Sydney Airport

Please contact your education institution for transfer options or visit the Sydney Airport website.


Step 4 (Recommended)

Add proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to Service NSW app

If you’re not eligible for Medicare, you can still add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service NSW App by using the Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) service through myGov. This means you can quickly check in and show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination wherever it’s required.

Read more about adding your proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Service NSW App here.

More help in getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations online is available here. Translated versions are also available here.

It is an offence not to comply with a Public Health Order. Penalties can apply to individuals and corporations. Additional on the spot fines can also apply.