Western Australia Reopens for International Students

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Western Australia Reopens for International Students

Western Australia reopens its borders for international students after 2 years of isolation due to the COVID-19 crisis. This comes as great news for international students who are ready to return to their universities to complete their future studies. The State of Western Australia has announced a new pathway for enrolled international students to return to Australia in spite of its closed borders. According to the latest reports, The new pathway announced on Tuesday night allows already enrolled international students in WA primary school, secondary school, university, college to return to the Aussie State. 

Earlier this year WA authorities refused to allow students back to the premises due to the Covid-19 Precaution Health Advisory. Under the New Pathway, it has been reported that up to 6,000 international students would be allowed to return to the state. The Western Australia Government said, according to the updated health advice, the cohort presents a low risk to the community, as many factors can provide confidence in quarantine arrangements now. The decision by Western Australia to reopen the borders to international students comes after 2 years of deliberation.

International students are an important part of the Western Australian community– making a positive contribution to the state’s diversity and vibrancy and supporting local jobs in a variety of industries. The new pathway is a part of our ongoing review of borders control taking place this month, based on the latest health advice” – WA Premier Mark McGowan

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Guidelines for Travelling to Australia

You must carry proof of negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours before departure. It is important to isolate yourself for 7 days at a suitable premise approved by the WA police or WA department of health upon your arrival.

You must be vaccinated with at least 2 vaccine doses or booster doses if eligible in your home country. You must take the RAT or PCR test within 24 hours of your arrival or a PCR test on day 6 or a RAT on day 7 during the period of isolation. International Students returning to Australia will also get a payment of 2,000 Australian dollars ($1,430) to cover the expenses of self-quarantine by the government.

International students can either return directly to the state within the arrival deadline set by the Government of Australia or by transporting through another state or territory. 

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