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November 23, 2021

Pre Departure / Arrival Information for students returning to Sydney / NSW

To help you prepare for your return, please use this checklist to ensure you have all the relevant information and documents required.

Step 1 (Mandatory) Ensure your student visa for Australia is valid. All international students must ensure that their student visa for Australia is valid.

Step 2 (Mandatory) Ensure your vaccination certificate meets Australia’s requirements. You must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Good Association (TGA) approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine.

Note: Travellers vaccinated outside Australia must present certificates that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Containing at a minimum:

– name as it appears in the traveller’s passport- either date of birth or passport number- the vaccine brand name, and- the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed. Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

Step 3 (Mandatory) Submit Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) online. You must submit your Australian Travel Declaration online with a copy of your vaccination certificate before your flight. You will then receive an email confirmation with details to be shown (either electronically or printed) before boarding your flight and on arrival in Australia. Complete at least 72 hours before your scheduled departure.https://atd.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Step 4 (Mandatory) Obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. Note: If you are participating in the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan and you test positive to COVID-19, you must advise your education provider immediately.

Step 5 (Mandatory) Verify vaccination certificate at airport. Before boarding, the airline staff will check:

  • that your vaccination status is valid for travel to Australia and
  • that your COVID-19 test was negative.

Please have a printout of your vaccination certificate ready to prove that you are vaccinated. The certificate must meet Australian Government requirements (see step 2).

Step 6 (Recommended) Organise your accommodation in Sydney. It is best to book short-term accommodation before you arrive in Australia and look for longer-term options when you arrive. This allows you time to explore the neighbourhoods and view the properties and can help you choose an option that best suits you. Temporary accommodation includes budget hostels and hotels. Complete two weeks before departure.

Step 7 (Recommended) Organise your transport from Sydney Airport. Please contact your education provider for transfer options or view the Sydney Airport website. Complete one week before departure.

Step 8 (Mandatory) Obtain a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test within 24 hours of arrival. Go to the closest NSW Health free testing clinic to obtain a test. Visit the NSW Health website to find the closest clinic to you. Read the NSW Health requirements for mandatory testing here. Complete within 24 hours of arriving in NSW.

Step 9 (Mandatory) Obtain a COVID-19 nose and throat PCR test on or after seventh day of arrival. Go to the closest NSW Health free testing clinic to obtain a test. Visit the NSW Health website to find the closest clinic to you. Read the NSW Health requirements for mandatory testing here. Complete on or after day seven of arriving in NSW.

Step 10 (Recommended) Download the Service NSW app to your phone. This will allow you to check in at places like supermarkets or restaurants and receive COVID-19 updates while living in NSW.

Step 11 (Recommended) Add proof of your COVID-19 vaccination to Service NSW app.If you’re not eligible for Medicare, you can still add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service NSW app by using the Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI) service through myGov.

Plan ahead and please read carefully to ensure you have a safe and smooth journey and transition back to NSW community.

Source: https://www.study.sydney/return/pre-departure/_nocache

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