UPDATES: People travelling to Australia will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, following changes to the Biosecurity Act, which come into effect from midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022.
For more information on the changes to international travel requirements visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid19.
The Australian Government has announced temporary changes to work conditions for student visa holders. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.
From 18 April 2022, the Australian Government no longer requires people travelling to Australia to have a COVID-19 test before travel. Visit the Australian Government's International travel page for more information.
Travellers are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline or cruise operator you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.
If you’ve just arrived in Victoria, visit our Welcome to Melbourne and Victoria page for inspiration and support to help you get settled.
Welcoming international students back to Victoria
International students make an invaluable contribution to our state’s culture, community, and economy.
Eligible student visa holders can travel to Australia, regardless of vaccination status.
The Australian Government has announced the temporary relaxation of student visa work limits across all sectors of the economy.
To be able to travel to Australia, students must hold an eligible visa.
All travellers arriving in Victoria are strongly recommended to:
- Get a rapid antigen test, or a PCR test if you don’t have access to a rapid antigen test, within 24 hours of arriving in Australia;
- You are not required to self-quarantine whilst awaiting a result, as long as you have no symptoms.
Please visit our Information for overseas travellers page for more information on what you need to do before and after you arrive in Australia if you are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption.
Student arrivals checklist
Follow the links below to make sure you’re prepared to travel to Victoria. If you have any questions, check the relevant website, or contact your education provider.
Student arrivals checklist
Before you leave
- Ensure your passport and student visa are valid
- Australian Department of Home Affairs | Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas checklist
- Check what you can bring into Australia in your luggage
- Check your internet and mobile phone access
- You will need access to wifi or phone data to receive your COVID-19 test results in Victoria
- Activate global roaming on your mobile phone for at least four days or set up an Australian mobile phone number
- Pack a universal travel plug or adaptor
- Arrange your accommodation
When you arrive in Victoria
- Transport from the airport
- Melbourne Airport | Ground transport options
- Ask your education provider if you need assistance with transport from the airport.
- You are strongly recommended to get a COVID-19 PCR test, or a rapid antigen test, within 24 hours after arrival
- Enjoy student life in Melbourne and Victoria!
- Stay in touch with Study Melbourne through social media and our monthly student newsletter for helpful information and ideas.
- Information about travelling to Australia for fully vaccinated student visa holders: Vaccinated travellers | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
- Information about vaccines recognised for travel to Australia: International COVID-19 vaccines recognised by Australia (TGA.gov.au)
- Checklist to help you prepare to travel to Australia: Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas (homeaffairs.gov.au)
- Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates: Australian Passport Office (passports.gov.au)
- What you need to do before and after you arrive in Victoria from overseas: Information for overseas travellers | Coronavirus Victoria
- Find free COVID-19 testing in Victoria when you arrive: Where to get tested for COVID-19 | Coronavirus Victoria
- Getting a proof of vaccination certificate in Victoria: How to get your COVID-19 vaccination digital certificate | Coronavirus Victoria
- What you can/cannot bring into Australia: Can you bring it | Australian Border Force
- Learn about driving with an overseas licence or permit in Victoria: Requirement for overseas licence holders | VicRoads
Frequently asked questions for students studying overseas
Information for returning students
When can students arrive in Victoria?
Eligible student visa holders can arrive in Australia from Wednesday 6 July 2022 regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
There is no vaccination, quarantine, permit or testing requirement to enter Victoria. For more information about what you need to do after entering Victoria, including how to find your nearest free COVID-19 testing centre and information about rapid antigen tests, please refer to the Information for overseas travellers page.
What do I need to do to travel from overseas to Victoria?
Will arriving students need to be vaccinated?
No, students no longer need to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status when entering Australia, effective from Wednesday 6 July 2022.
What COVID-19 testing requirements are there for students once they arrive in Victoria?
Since 17 April 2022, travellers entering Australia (vaccinated or unvaccinated) are no longer required to have negative pre-departure tests.
International travellers, including international students, are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen rest or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia. However, they are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting a result.
For more information about what you need to do after entering Victoria, including how to find your nearest free COVID-19 testing centre and information about rapid antigen tests, please refer to the Information for overseas travellers page.
Will returning students be required to quarantine on arrival in Victoria?
No. International travellers, including international students, are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen rest or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia. However, they are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting a result.
Please refer to the Information for overseas travellers page for more information.
Will students need to show proof of vaccination to gain entry to university campuses or businesses once in Victoria?
Under current work health and safety laws, all employers or businesses must manage the risk of COVID-19 to protect their workers and customers. This can include mandating vaccinations.
Requirements for proof of vaccination for students are set by each university, TAFE and adult educational institute and may differ. Please check with your institute to ensure you are clear about its vaccination policies.
You are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. Stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations reduces your risk of severe illness, hospitalisation and death.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia. This includes people without a Medicare card, overseas visitors, international students, migrant workers and asylum seekers.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, including how to book them, visit COVID-19 vaccines.
Support for online students
How can I make the most of studying online?
We invite you to join our free online Study Melbourne events to build your employability and leadership skills, and to connect with others while you study online:
- Study Melbourne Hubs – offering in person and virtual opportunities to connect with the student community and Victorian education institutions in key locations around the globe
- Career Catalyst.– sign up for these free and exclusive webinars, workshops, and initiatives to help you develop your professional skills, build industry connections, and launch your career.
- Future Founders Program.– join this free, year-long entrepreneurship program to introduce students to Victoria’s start-up ecosystem, increase their skills and networks and inspire budding entrepreneurs,
- Leadership Labs – our highly successful international student leadership program, focussing on social entrepreneurship and with mentors from the social enterprise sector.
Do I need to keep my OSHC if I am studying from overseas?
Will my Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) be affected if I am overseas?
Contact your education provider with any questions about your start dates, attendance, fee matters, Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and other issues relating to your study.
Where can I get help with accommodation issues in Victoria?
Study Melbourne's International Student Accommodation Legal Service offers free and confidential help for international students experiencing accommodation issues in Victoria. This service is also available for students who are currently overseas and have accommodation in Victoria.
To make an appointment contact email@example.com or call 1800 056 449 (from within Australia).
Will my visa be affected if I reduce my study load?
Please contact your education provider for more information about your studies and ongoing course delivery.
Can I change my study load while I am offshore?
Please contact your education provider for information about flexible course delivery options.
What can I do if I am struggling with studying online?
We understand that it has been a challenging time for you studying online instead of on-campus.
Read our tips on adjusting to studying online
We also invite you to join our free online Study Melbourne events to build your employability and leadership skills, and to connect with others who are also studying online.