International Arrivals Information

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. Travel exemptions are no longer required.

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. We are following Australian Government directives for border entry and are awaiting further advice.

You do not need to quarantine on arrival if you receive a negative result on a covid-test within 24 hours of arrival into Australia. Please see below arrivals section for more detail. 

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

Please refer to information below to understand steps you need to undertake at different stages of your travel planning to Australia.

 

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE 

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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:

  • a valid passport (with more than six months remaining).
  • a valid visa to study in Australia.
  • a valid electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) - see FAQs below.
  • an up-to-date ANU student profile in ISIS including emergency contact, phone number and contact address.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

 

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

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    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. 

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

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    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.

     

  • I am applying for a student visa and have been asked to provide my overseas students health insurance information. Where can I get that information?

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It is a mandatory requirement as part of an Australian student visa for international students to hold valid overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of their study in Australia. For more information about OSHC, please refer to this page.

New students are asked to arrange OSHC during the acceptance stage of their student journey. You can arrange your own OSHC insurance or have the University arrange insurance on your behalf. If you've opted for the latter option and was not given the insurance policy number, you are encouraged to contact OSHC@anu.edu.au for assistance.

For those who are planning to accept your offer and have questions in relation to OSHC arrangement through ANU, you are encouraged to contact the ANU International Admissions via contact details on this page.

 

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

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    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?

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    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.

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

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    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.

 

 

ARRIVAL INTO AUSTRALIA 

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Australia has two popular types of COVID test; a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) and a rapid antigen test (RAT). Please see table below to understand differences between PCR and RAT kit.

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) are self-administered covid tests that only take 15 minutes to produce a result. If you return a negative RAT test on arrival into Australia, you do not need to quarantine. You can go straight to your accommodation. We recommend you take a photo of your negative RAT test.

RAT packs are typically available for purchase at pharmacies and local supermarkets. If you can, we recommend you bring and use your own packs from overseas, provided that they are TGA-approved. A list of TGA approved RAT tests can be found here.  

Polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) | If you cannot find a RAT test upon arrival and do not have your own, you may opt for free PCR test. The results of a PCR test can take a few days and you will need to quarantine while waiting for your PCR test results.

PCR Tests are administered by health professional at a number of clinics around Australia. You can find a test centre in your port of arrival from the list on this website.

 

RAT kit

PCR

Wait time until you get a result

30 minutes

24 hours  - 72 hours

 

Where can I do this?

RAT is a portable testing kit. You can either bring a TGA-approved RAT from your home country or purchase RAT in Australia.
 

You will need to go to a physical testing centre to get PCR test

How much does it cost?

Depends - generally $30 for a pack of 2

Free at government testing clinics and GPs.

 

 

 

For Canberra arrivals:

Fully vaccinated international travellers arriving into Canberra are required to do the following: 

  1. Complete an online declaration form within 24 hours of arrival into the ACT
  2. Undergo a RAT or PCR test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival.

 

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) are self-administered covid tests that only take 15 minutes to produce a result. RAT packs are available for purchase at pharmacies and local supermarkets. If you can, we recommend you bring and use your own packs from overseas, provided that they are TGA-approved. A list of TGA approved RAT tests can be found here.  

If you return a negative RAT test on arrival into Australia, you do not need to quarantine. You can go straight to your accommodation. We recommend you take a photo of your negative RAT test.

If you cannot find a RAT pack upon arrival and do not have your own, you may opt for PCR testing in Canberra. You will need to quarantine while waiting for your PCR test results. List of Canberra clinics offering PCR services can be found on this website

Government regulations are changing regularly, please check the relevant state or territory requirements before you arrive in Australia.

 

For Sydney arrivals:

Fully vaccinated international travellers arriving into Sydney are required to do the following: 

  1. Undergo a RAT or PCR test for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival.
  2.  Complete an online declaration form within 24 hours of transfering into the ACT

 

Fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in NSW must get a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of arriving into NSW and on/or after day 6 of arriving in in NSW. RAT packs are available for purchase at pharmacies and local supermarkets. If you can, we recommend you bring and use your own packs from overseas, provided that they are TGA-approved. A list of TGA approved RAT tests can be found here.  

If you receive a negative test, you are free to travel to ACT on public transport and you do not need to quarantine. You can go straight to your accommodation. We recommend you take a photo of your negative RAT test.

If you cannot find a RAT test upon arrival and do not have your own, you may opt for free PCR test. The results of a PCR test can take a few days and you will need to quarantine while waiting for your PCR test results. You are not able to quarantine in hotels in Canberra so if you use this option, we recommend you take the PCR test in Sydney and quarantine in a Sydney hotel while you wait for your result. There is no specific hotel in Sydney.

Government regulations are changing regularly, please check the relevant state or territory requirements before you arrive in Australia.

 

ANU On-campus Accommodation

ANU has put in place an accommodation guarantee for international students for Semester 1, 2022. This means that all international students are guaranteed a place in on-campus accommodation for Semester 1, 2022.

Please note that this may not be in your first choice of residence but the accommodation team will do everything they can to assist accommodating your preferences. You will receive your official offer when you arrive in Canberra.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

 

Will I need to make my own quarantine arrangements?

If you are making individual travel arrangements to return to ANU it is your responsibility to understand and follow the quarantine requirements of the state or territory you are arriving to Australia in. All costs associated with quarantine arrangements will be borne by you.

If you wish to participate in the ANU International Student Return program any required quarantine or self-isolation arrangements will be managed as part of the program. However, it will still be your responsibility to understand and follow these self-isolation and quarantine requirements, and to cover any costs associated.

 

Can I quarantine in ANU on-campus residential accommodation? 

You are not allowed to undertake quarantine in ANU on-campus residential accommodation at this time.
We strongly advise that if you do need to quarantine that you do so at your port of arrival as the ACT does not have many hotels or AirBnB able to meet the ACT Health Quarantine guidelines.

If you are participating in an ANU International Student Return program any required quarantine arrangements will be managed as part of the program.  Details of these arrangements will be communicated directly with participating students.


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 uni.accom@anu.edu.au 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. You will not be asked to accept your formal accommodation contract, or pay any fees related to your formal contract, until the Accommodation Team get confirmation of your definite date of arrival in Australia.
Please submit your accommodation application as usual so the Accommodation Team know your intentions and can communicate with you about aligning your accommodation offer and arrival date.

 

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.

 

SUPPORT ON ARRIVAL

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Airport Welcome Service - Canberra only

Due to ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19, we are unable to offer in-person airport welcome for Semester 1 2022. However, in place of this service, we are offering Uber vouchers to assist returning and new international students with cost of transfer within Canberra upon arrival.

The single-use vouchers cover trips to the value of $40AUD/student/trip. To request for a voucher, please fill in this form: https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5uLXsvIhbqtD7Xo 

If you have previously completed the above form, you do NOT need to fill it in again. By filling in this form, you will receive an email from us one week before your departure date with updates on quarantine requirements, COVID-19 testing and uber voucher information. This form is managed by ANU Engagement and Success. For further enquiries, please email student.experience@anu.edu.au

 

In-person activities and support after arrival

Social activities and returnee help-desk will continue to be available on-campus until Orientation Week. For more information, please refer to:

https://www.anu.edu.au/students/student-life/events-stories  
https://www.facebook.com/ANUEngagementandSuccess  

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

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

https://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/contact-us

ANU College of Law

https://law.anu.edu.au/contact

ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine

https://students.science.anu.edu.au/contacts/science-central

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

https://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/student-centre

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

https://cass.anu.edu.au/contact

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

https://cecs.anu.edu.au/current-students/meet-cecs-student-services

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