Our international students are returning! Here’s some travel and enrolment information
**Updated 30 November 2021**
We’re thrilled to announce that fully vaccinated international students with an eligible visa from New Zealand or Singapore (safe travel zones), will be able to come to Australia from Wednesday 1 December, without having to apply for a travel exemption. Please note: the Victorian Government announced changes to the quarantine requirements announced on Saturday 27 November.
The announcement, which results from joint work between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, means we can start welcoming more international students back to Deakin before the end of the year. And we can’t wait!
I am absolutely delighted that from 1 December 2021, Deakin will be able to welcome international students back to our Australian campuses. Our international students have made enormous contributions to the life of Deakin and the wider Victorian community, and we are so pleased to see the return pathway open. At the end of a very challenging 20 months, this is a fantastic way to end the year.
—Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin
Who’s eligible to travel to Australia
If you’re an international student from New Zealand or Singapore intending to return to Australia, you must be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and be able to provide proof of your vaccination status.
You also need to hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses.
The Prime Minister has announced that the upcoming easing of border restrictions for fully vaccinated eligible visa holders and citizens from Japan and Korea will be paused until 15 December 2021.
What to do before you travel
Before planning your travel, you must:
- Read Deakin’s International students COVID-19 and COVIDSafe FAQs.
- Carefully check the Department of Home Affairs checklist for Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas.
- Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate.
- Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight
- Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and return a negative result within three days of departure.
We’ll provide more information soon about what you should do once you arrive in Australia.
You will need to quarantine on arrival
From 11.59pm on Saturday 27 November, international travellers who are fully vaccinated must quarantine at home or in any other private accommodation, including hotels, for 72 hours upon arrival. You cannot transit through Victoria during this period.
While in quarantine, you must not share bedrooms, bathrooms or other facilities with people outside the travelling party.
You must also get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of entering Victoria. If the test is negative, you are still required to quarantine for 72 hours after your arrival. You must also get a second COVID-19 PCR test between days five and seven after entering Victoria.
Regardless of your vaccination status, you must undertake 14 days hotel quarantine if you have visited the following extreme risk countries in the past 14 days: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine in dedicated accommodation managed by COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria.
Remember to enrol in your units for 2022
If 2022 is your first year at Deakin, you’ll need to wait until you receive your offer email. This will include the steps you need to take to accept your offer and enrol in your course and units for next year.
If you’re already studying with Deakin and continuing your study next year, you need to enrol in your units in StudentConnect. Find out more about re-enrolling for next year.
Your course information, course map and requirements can be found in the University Handbook. If you need some help or advice to select your units, book a course advice appointment with a Student Adviser.