Australia’s borders reopen
We are absolutely delighted to confirm that Australian borders have now reopened to eligible visa holders (including international students) without a requirement for travel exemption. This follows a short delay from the original intended date of December 1st which has allowed the impact of the new omicron variant to be assessed. As Australia has one of the highest COVID19 vaccination rates worldwide (90% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated), the government has endorsed the return of international students.
The states of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT no longer have a requirement for managed quarantine for inbound travellers – although those arriving are currently required to self-isolate for a period of 72 hours after arrival which can be in private accommodation or a hotel. Other Australian states are committed to remove the requirement for managed quarantine in advance of the Semester 1, 2022 intake as they achieve vaccination thresholds.
Many of our returning students have been in contact with their colleges to discuss their plans to return – and some have already started arriving back in Australia. It is very exciting to have them back on our campuses.
Our colleges will be entering a short Christmas break soon – but our staff remain available to provide appropriate guidance and support. If any of your students are intending to travel over the next month, please ensure the college is aware.
Specific information for each college is provided and regularly updated on the college website – and there’s links to all of these at navitas.com/aureopens
The reopening of Australia’s border is clearly very exciting news for our students, staff and our partners – thank you for your ongoing support . We look forward to creating success together in 2022.