The New South Wales (NSW) government has announced that international students wanting to study in NSW will no longer need to undertake quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.
Premier Dominic Perrottet told media that international education is vital in connecting NSW to the world.
“This is a significant milestone in our road map to recovery and I can’t wait to welcome back such an important part of our community.”
Students will return via flights to NSW from December 2021 through a pilot plan’s phased approach.
As per this plan the first chartered plane of returning international students to touch down on December 6.
The first flight will carry around 250 students from more than 15 nations that including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China, and Canada.
The second flight will bring in students from India and other South Asian countries as per the NSW government’s schedule.
Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, tweeted:
“No quarantine for fully vaccinated international students arriving in NSW. Can’t wait to have you back!”
The announcement comes 18 months after Australia’s borders closed to international students.
It also makes NSW the first Australian state to accept fully vaccinated arrivals without quarantine.
More than 290,000 international students were studying in NSW before the pandemic.
In fact, two in five (38 per cent) of Australia’s international students choose to study in NSW.
The incoming international students to NSW must be vaccinated with a TGA recognised vaccine and the Commonwealth Government has approved their travel to Australia.