- Most Australian states and territories have now announced student return pilots or broader plans to welcome back international students
- Quarantine and testing requirements vary from state to state, as does the expected timing and pace of student returns
The Australian government has expanded its list of approved COVID vaccines in recent months. As of 17 November, the vaccines approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are:
- Comirnaty (Pfizer)
- Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
- Covishield (AstraZeneca)
- Spikevax (Moderna)
- Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)
- Coronavac (Sinovac)
- BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm) (for 18-60 years old)
- Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, incoming travellers must have had two full doses at least 14 days apart (or one dose of the Janssen-Cilag/Johnson & Johnson vaccine), and must have completed their course of vaccination at least seven days before arriving in Australia.
International students are a massive contributor to the Australian economy, with each student contributing an average of AUS$40,693 each year. By facilitating a pathway for international students to return to Australia, we are helping to diversify the economy, grow our population, and support local jobs.
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