Plan Your Arrival
Australia reopens borders to International students
As of December 15, 2021, the Australian Government has opened borders to fully vaccinated international students holding a valid student visa. You will be eligible to travel to Australia without the requirement for a travel exemption. Please visit Australia.gov.au for the latest updates.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
We recommend international students arrive in Australia 2-3 weeks before the course start date to settle into accommodation, familiarise themselves with the city and prepare for orientation and study.
You are not permitted to arrive in Australia without Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). If you arrive in Australia before your policy start date, you may be prevented from entry. If you need to arrive before your OSHC policy commences, ensure you change the start date to match your arrival.
We recommend you arrange your accommodation before you arrive in Australia, even if it is just for the first few days.
Planning your departure
Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your entry arrival in Australia, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
You will need your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and student information pack, which you will have received from your institution.
This is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.
You should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.
You may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and institution details. If you have used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in case you need to contact them once you arrive in Australia.
There are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some Australian currency on you prior to leaving your home country.
Whether you are taking public transport, a taxi, or you are being picked up from the airport by your education provider, it is important that you have all the details including the time, the route and, if your travel has been arranged by your institution, their contact details. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving.
Make sure you have the address of where you will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).