All returning international students are advised to follow the steps below when preparing to travel to Australia.
1. Check if you are exempt from travel restrictions
Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. For information on exempt categories, or steps on applying for an individual exemption, click here.
2. Obtain your foreign vaccination certificate
If you were vaccinated outside Australia you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination. For more information, read guidance on foreign vaccination certificates here.
Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight. If you are unable to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. You will need to follow the current border processes when leaving or coming to Australia.
3. Submit your Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) at least 72 hours before departure
Travellers to Australia should complete their Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) at least 72 hours before departure. Travellers can start a DPD seven days before their flight to Australia, but can only submit it within 72 hours before their departure. This is because they must provide their health information and declaration within 72 hours before their flight. The DPD contains a declaration regarding vaccination status that is considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft.
4. Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test
A negative COVID-19 test result is required for travelling to Australia. When you check-in to your flight you need to provide:
- Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight’s scheduled departure, or
- A medical certificate as evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test, taken under medical supervision within 24 hours of departure.
If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.
However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight, or a Rapid Antigen Test taken under medical supervision within 24 hours before the re-scheduled flight.
See the Department of Health website for more information
5. At the airport
Present your foreign vaccination certificate, negative COVID-19 test result and completed ATD to airline staff when you check in for your flight