NSW pilot plan to return international students will start in December 2021

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NSW Australia’s international students can start returning to their education providers from early December 2021. The pilot plan will bring in 250 international students per fortnight to University of Sydney, UNSW, Western Sydney University, UTS, ACU, Latrobe, New Castle, Victoria University and more.

NSW Australia’s international students to cover flight costs

According to the state government, the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan to return international students to NSW has received support from the federal government and the NSW government. “International students will quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation in Sydney and adhere to the same health and quarantine requirements set by the Australian government for returning Australians,” said the state government. The pilot plan will not displace returning Australians.

“Education providers will directly contact any students invited to return to NSW, providing with them the information they require at every step of the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan,” it said. Costs associated with travel and quarantine will be borne by education providers, while returning international students can expect to cover flight costs.

“Specific details about the costs involved are still being finalised at this stage and will be communicated directly to international students. Returning students will be approached by their institutions based on a range of criteria and their individual situations,” said the website.

Vaccine requirements for NSW Australia’s international students

Australia’s international borders will only open to vaccinated students. “For now — under the pilot initially — international students who return to Australia must be fully vaccinated with recognised COVID-19 vaccination before landing in Sydney,” notes the state government. Currently, this includes AstraZeneca, India Covishield, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

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