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Australia & International Students: the Federal Government announces the objective of receiving International Students at the end of November

Borders open for International Students!

The Federal Government seeks to receive International Students at the end of November and beginning of December.

Through recent ads , the Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveil the objective of receiving the International Students from the last days of November. This accompanies, in turn, the new measures in relation to the situation of the Australian Borders: the protocol measures taken by the Government of New South Wales and the Government of Queensland.

Dominic Perrottet declares New South Wales measures

The Premier of the State of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, announced on Friday morning that as of November 1, relatives and parents of Australian citizens and residents who have two doses of the vaccines allowed by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration). -Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria), Moderna, Janssen, Coronavac (Sinovac), Covidshield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India) -, and a Negative PCR , without the need to carry out any type of quarantine. As for people who are not vaccinated, they can also enter the territory, but they must carry out the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the hotels provided by the Government. However, it is important to clarify that these will only have 200 slots per week, a fairly small number considering the number of foreigners who are waiting for Australia’s borders to open. This led to the surprise of many since, although the state of New South Wales already in the month of June had presented a protocol to the International Federal Government indicating certain measures that they could take to start enabling international flights, this was not seen coming so soon.

Likewise, to understand the measures that are beginning to be taken in each State, we must first take into account the measure taken by the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison , a week ago where he shared the beginning of the opening of Australian international borders . But, unlike what Dominic Perrottet shared, this decision did not include international travelers, but only Australian citizens and residents. This is why the decision by Premier Dominic Perrottet has come as a great surprise. A few hours after the New South Wales State Premier’s announcement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that he supports and welcomes Premier Dominic Perrottet’s decision. The state of New South Wales, as stated by the Prime Minister, will only be able to receive Australian citizens and residents, and immediate family members of Australian citizens and residents, including parents. Although part of this group of people are foreigners, it would be a small number to start with the opening of borders and evaluate how it evolves in terms of protocols and contagion.

Annastacia Palasczuk and the measures in the State of Queensland.

Upon receiving this news, the Queensland Government did not want to be left behind. On Monday , Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that having zero cases in the entire territory in the last 24 hours, they estimate that by December 17 they can already enter freely and without the need to carry out any type of quarantine, all fully vaccinated people and with a Negative PCR. In this way, shares the Premier of Queensland, families will be able to be together again for Christmas after so long in isolation. ” [A partir del 17 de diciembre]Travelers originating from a designated interstate hot spot may travel by road or air, must be fully vaccinated, must have a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours, and quarantine will not be required, ” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Although international students and their possible entry in the coming months have not yet been discussed on time, all this news is good for our community and allows us to somehow have some hope of being able to return to Australia soon to continue with the incredible experiences that we are experiencing. waiting for each of them. The latest to be known from the New South Wales Government side is that Premier Dominc Perrottet shared that international students still cannot travel to Australia without undergoing mandatory quarantine.

In summary, the Government of New South Wales declared that from November 1 international flights throughout the territory will be limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents. As Dominic Perrottet shared in his statement, the important thing is that Australia begins to rejoin the world, “I want NSW to rejoin the world. We cannot live here in the hermit realm.” On the Queensland Government side, Premier Palaszczuk declared that as of December 17, a re-opening of international borders will be enabled under certain protocol measures.

From ACE Australia we will be reporting as new news comes to light, and we remain available to answer any questions or queries you may have in this regard.