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How Soon Will Australia Open Its Borders for International Students?

The ongoing pandemic has affected our everyday lives. Many countries are still imposing travel restrictions as part of their preventive measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If you are set to travel but are affected by these constraints, I'm sure you've been wondering, "When can we all go back to normal and cross the borders again?"

One powerful country known to have sealed its borders for international students is Australia. Since last March 2020, it has successfully implemented strategies to eliminate the emergence of the number of cases. Aside from banning entry, the country has also placed strict local lockdowns, intensive testing, and contact tracing.

As of this writing, Australian borders are still closed to other countries. The only people who can gain entry are the following:

  • Australian Citizens

  • Permanent Residents

  • Immediate family member

  • Travelers who have been in New Zealand 14 days before departure

Recently, Australia has opened its borders to New Zealand. Travelers from this country are not required to quarantine themselves upon arrival because they are classified as part of the Green Zone Travel.

Movement between these two countries is considered safe and ensures that health requirements are met. But recently, Green Zone Travel is put on hold due to Australia's sudden rise of cases.

While Australia is yet to open its perimeters to outsiders, it is important to know significant updates on travel restrictions and requirements. In this article, we've compiled all the essential information you need to keep yourself abreast while we wait for Australia to open its borders for international students.

According to

“Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that keeping borders closed to international travelers until next year "is more likely the case,” the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

It was not confirmed the date of the reopening but emphasized that in terms of tourist-related travel inbound and outbound of the country remains far off.

In a statement provided by Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, “international restrictions are uncertain as to when it will be lifted and how the process of restoring international travel will start but tourism will be back when the time is right.”

At the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, Australia has banned inter-state travel. But recently, the states are starting to reopen and have allowed domestic travels to their most populous states like Victoria and New South Wales.

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With the uncertainty of vaccine rollouts and COVID outbreaks around the world, the country may still not open its borders until later or 2022.

While Trade Minister Birmingham has a gray point of view on opening the border, Prime Minister Scott Morison is pushing the possibility that vaccinated Australians may travel abroad without the need to quarantine when they return.

According to

Reports in opening Australian borders are doubtful to happen within the year especially to travelers outside their green zone travel.

Even with the vaccine rollout, borders are still shut down to non-essential travel for a while. So, when will travel from overseas be possible? According to Qantas, Australia’s biggest airline, international flights are not expected until July.

The airline has already put their tickets on sale to encourage people to book and allows changes to flights booked until April 2022. This means that flights to Australia from more than 20 destinations can be booked with Qantas Airline starting October 2021.

But Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said way back in October 'international travel is assumed to remain closed off until late next year. Australia's Health Secretary Brendan Murphy signaled that 2022 is a safer time for extensive travel to come back.

In another news report by analysts Deloitte, the firm recommends that the country may be the last in the world to open its borders. Thus, travel to Australia may not be possible until 2024.

This might not be great news for some Aussies who have the longing to take a break outside of the country and even for international students who have been dreaming to travel to land Down Under.

While reports from BBC news says:

Australia is unlikely to open its borders even if a lot of the population has already been vaccinated. Quarantine requirements for travelers will continue for some time says Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy.

This means that citizens, permanent residents, and those with exemptions may enter Australia provided that they complete their 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Australia's national carrier, Qantas Airline, has reopened its booking after announcing that international travel will begin July 2021. However, this is still subject to the Australian government's decision to open its border.

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Australia still has no plans on reopening to the rest of the world until the middle of next year. The country is still closed to non-nationals and non-residents and still allows limited arrivals of its returning citizens.

The strict compliance to medical advice combined with lockdowns and rapid contact tracing has become the world’s one of the most effective control measures.

The border closure has stranded many Australians all over the world. There are about 9,000 Australians in India who have requested to return home. After the controversial travel ban from India, the first repatriation flight from New Delhi arrived in Australia half empty, as many are denied to board after testing positive for the virus.