If you’re an international student awaiting travel to Australia, you might be noticing some conflicting reports. If you’re currently searching for flights online, you’ll be faced with unusual flight paths and incredibly high prices, which are also impacted by the current border closures instated by some Australian states and territories. However, you’ll also notice news bulletins announcing that a ‘secure corridor’ may be created to allow safe travel for international students into Australia, with some media outlets announcing students can return to Australia as soon as July. So, what’s actually happening?
The simple answer is: we don’t know yet. At present, the borders to Australia are still closed. However, there are changes happening. As of 8 June, Singapore Airlines has resumed passenger flights in and out of Australia (an up-to-date schedule of available flights is available here). Note that only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia at this time. Incoming travellers will be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and all flights are subject to regulatory approvals. There are even talks of creating a ‘green lane’ for travellers that will not have to quarantine upon arriving in Australia, but this is unconfirmed.
At present, the best thing you can do is maintain communication with your education provider in Australia and keep an eye out for official breaking news that will announce when more international flights are reinstated, and what border measures are in place. The Australian Government website and SmartTraveller are two valuable resources you can use.
If you’re wondering what will happen to your student visa – for example, if you have received a student visa but are unable to enter Australia at this time – refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information, or contact the nearest office to speak to someone.