COVID Pathway to 2022

This webpage contains information about our pathway to a COVID-normal University life in 2022.

It provides updates on activities, policies and protocols as we transition from where we are now - with COVID-19 considerations separated from business-as-usual activities - to where we will be in 2022 - with COVID considerations embedded in our everyday operations and functions.

Latest updates

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Tuesday 30 November 2021

  • The Australian Government has delayed reopening the border to fully vaccinated international students in response to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The border is now scheduled to open on 15 December 2021.


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International student arrivals

Update 30 November

The Australian Government has delayed reopening the border to fully vaccinated international students in response to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The border is now scheduled to open on 15 December 2021.

A travel exemption is now required if you are arriving in Australia prior to 15 December 2021.

The Australian Government has scheduled to reopen international borders for international students from 15 December. 

This means that from 15 December 2021, eligible international students who are fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine and hold a valid student (subclass 500) visa will be able to return to Australia on commercial airlines at a time of their choosing. Travel exemptions are no longer required.  

Quarantine requirements are changing frequently so please check the relevant state or territory quarantine requirements before you arrive in Australia.  More information on quarantine requirements in  NSW, ACT, and VIC.

If you are planning to travel to Australia, we recommend you read the Australian Government FAQs and Australian Government online checklist for international travel.

We recognise that students who are not currently vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine may not be able to travel to Australia for some time. ANU is continuing to work on travel pathways to support these students returning to Australia in 2022.

We will update this page with more information when it becomes available.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Last updated 3pm Wednesday 1 December

Am I able to travel to Australia for semester one 2022? Do I need a travel exemption?

If you are fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine and hold a valid student (subclass 500) visa, you can travel to Australia from 15 December 2021 (pending border reopening). Travel exemptions are no longer required if you meet these criteria.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Australia?

Please check the relevant state or territory quarantine requirements before you arrive in Australia. These requirements are changing frequently so we recommend that you review them when planning your trip and again just prior to departure.

More information on quarantine requirements in  NSW, ACT, and VIC.

What should I do in preparation for traveling to Australia?

Please read the Australian Government online checklist of actions you should take in preparation for arriving in Australia. This list includes:

You should also ensure that you have the following information, which will be required to enter Australia:

How do I prove that I have been vaccinated with vaccine that is approved or recognised by the TGA?

You will need to obtain a copy of your foreign vaccination certificate. Your vaccine certificate must:

  • Be 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.

Chinese students can find instructions on downloading their foreign vaccination certificate by searching 国际旅行健康证明 on WeChat.

I don't have a valid visa, can I still come to Australia?

You must have a valid visa to travel to Australia. This is an Australian Government requirement. If you do not have a current visa, you should apply for one as soon as possible. For further information on visas, please visit the ANU visa requirements webpage.

My eCoE needs to be extended, what should I do?

An electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) document is issued to all international students once you have accepted your offer to study at ANU. If you have taken study leave or failed a subject, you may need to apply for an extension to your eCoE.

You can obtain an extension to your eCoE by completing an eCoE extension request form here and then sending it to your academic college. The request can take several days to complete so it is important that you submit your eCoE extension request as soon as possible.

I will be arriving in Canberra before my Semester 1 2022 accommodation contract start date. Can I get accommodation?

ANU can arrange a short term contract for a place in on campus accommodation before 9 February 2022. There are specific procedures and rules for these short term contracts. Please contact for more information.

You are also welcome to book private accommodation in Canberra should you prefer to live off campus.

What if I apply to live in on campus accommodation in Semester 1 2022 but then border circumstances change and I have to delay my travel? 

That's fine. No deposit will be taken until the Accommodation Team get confirmation of your arrival in Australia.

Please submit your accommodation applications as usual so the Accommodation Team know your intentions and can communicate with you about your arrival.

What happens if I arrive in Canberra and the city goes into lockdown again or I need to isolate?

ANU residences continue to operate through outbreaks with protocols that ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students.

If a lockdown is called or you need to isolate, additional support with meals, deliveries, welfare checks, social connections and academic engagement will be provided.

What happens if I don't have a visa or a TGA recognised or approved vaccine? Do I keep studying online?

ANU is committed to doing everything we can to support you and we will continue to provide remote and online learning options for our offshore students until they can travel to ANU.

Are spouses and dependent family members able to travel to Australia?

A full list of visa holders that are eligible to travel to Australia without seeking a travel exemption can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. All travellers must be fully vaccinated with an approved or recognised TGA vaccine.

Who can I talk to if I am struggling with my health and wellbeing?

ANU is working to ensure you can get support in the country where you are. We also encourage you to visit this webpage, which provides information on health and wellbeing services for our students.

If you would like to speak to someone, ANU Thrive offer free wellbeing drop-ins via Zoom.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you are a current student, please contact the ANU Student Central Team.

If you are a student commencing in 2022, please contact our Future Students Enquires Team.

If you have questions or concerns about the teaching plans and assessment methods for any specific course, please contact the course convener listed on the course page on Programs and Courses or the ANU Academic College student office:

ANU College of Business and Economics

ANU College of Law

ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science


University related travel (outbound)

ANU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to below zero by 2030. Business travel is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions for the ANU. Whilst recognising that travel is an important part of the work of our staff and students, ANU encourages its community to always consider alternatives to travel.

Please read the travel guidance document for full details on the recommencement of outbound travel.

University related domestic and international travel (to DFAT advice level 1 and 2 countries) can recommence from Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Responsibility for travel approvals will be at the original delegation levels

  • All international travel - D3
  • Domestic travel for general staff - D5
  • Domestic travel for academic staff and students - D4

Unless specifically stated, all conditions of the ANU Travel Policy remain relevant and current and must be complied with while on University travel. All travel must also comply with relevant state or territory health advice and advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the time of travel.

Arrangements for University international travel to countries with DFAT travel advice levels 3 and 4 are still being worked through. We will provide information on the approval process for these countries by the end of November 2021.

Building ventilation

The COVID Pathway: Workplace Safety team has been working on approaches the University will take over and above mandated COVID-safe requirement. Improved ventilation is just one of a suite of measures to improve our environment and any enhancements will be implemented over a number of months and into 2022, as the solutions are developed.

There are four strategies to improving ventilation to further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in addition to mandated steps already in place.

  1. Reduce CO2 set points - fresh air content flushed into the building to reduce CO2 levels in the space.
  2. Increase outside air rates - additional fresh air content is flushed into the building. Internal temperature is monitored to ensure that occupant comfort is maintained, where possible.
  3. Pre and post occupancy purging - fresh air content is flushed into the building before and after use each day to purge the space. This is the most suitable option for teaching spaces and libraries.
  4. Upgrading filters - this will occur in some high occupancy spaces with suitable air conditioning systems and will improve filtration efficiency by up to 300%.

Due to the diversity of buildings on campus, our aim is to implement at least of the above strategies in each building. Where this is not possible, we will look at temporary changes.

Implementation will be phased with the initial stage focused on high occupancy buildings such as libraries.

In December 2021 we will provide a detailed breakdown of the strategies that will be implemented in all buildings on campus, with roll out to commence in early 2022.

It's important to remember that our buildings have all been assessed and deemed safe in their current state, without any enhancements, and meet all current requirements.

You can read more about these strategies and our work to improve ventilation here.

Will these changes impact the temperature and comfort of the buildings?

We are actively working to monitor building temperatures to ensure occupant comfort is maintained.  We can expect some variations in temperatures, where some rooms may be a little warmer in summer and cooler in winter than before as we work through the new solutions.

Events and functions on campus

The following guidance relates to the Acton campus only. Other ANU campuses should continue to follow their local state and territory guidelines. 

We are adopting a risk-based approach to returning events and aim to stagger the recommencement. We will follow ACT guidance but with caps on numbers to ensure the re-start is managed safely. 

When deciding whether to approve an in-person event in 2021, areas should consider the impact of compressed lead times on event staff wellbeing and on the quality of event experience; and remember the University's focus is on a great 2022 experience.

From Monday 15 November 2021 - small-scale staff and student organised events and functions on campus can recommence with no more than 100 attendees indoors and 300 attendees outdoors. No external guests can participate at this stage of recommencement (staff and students only).

From Friday 26 November 2021 - events with external guests and up to 500 attendees can return.
*ANU Residences may hold events up to this capacity for attendance by their own residents only. External attendees are not permitted at residential functions at this time.

From Monday 6 December 2021 - events will follow ACT Government restrictions

The latest version of the Functions on Campus Protocols is available here.

The Functions on Campus (FoC) process for event and function approval will be reinstated with the additional requirement of Dean or Portfolio Head approval. Please attach a copy of this written approval to your FoC application. More details about submitting a FoC application are available here.

Returning to campus in 2022

We are a campus based institution and having our staff and students on campus contributes significantly to building the collegiate environment we all know and appreciate. But we are also a community that encourages flexibility. While being campus based means that most of our core business needs to be completed on campus, this does not lessen our ongoing commitment to undertaking work away from the campus or outside of our usual hours of operation.

In 2022, most of us should be working from campus most of the time. However, we encourage you to speak with your supervisors to build flexibility where it's needed. What this looks like will depend on both your needs and the needs of your fellow team members and local work area. It is important we get the balance between our individual needs and the needs of the University and its vital work right.

You can read more about flexibility, including how to submit an Individual Flexibility Agreement here.


A guide has been developed to help you transition back to work on campus in 2022. Read it here.


ANU staff, students and visitors are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, including with a third dose when they are eligible. 

Booster doses are available for staff and students at the ANU Medical Clinic from 21 December 2021. More information, including details for booking an appointment are available here.

Other than in a small number of specialist work or study situations, for example in healthcare settings, there is no vaccine mandate at ANU.

Except in these specialist settings where disclosure is required, it is neither necessary nor appropriate to ask about another person's vaccination status.

There are many ways to keep COVID safe and vaccination is only one element. Social distancing and density limits, frequent hand washing and staying home if you're unwell are all important for staying COVID safe.