Homestay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – International Student Arrivals

Australia’s borders are now open to fully vaccinated international student visa holders as of 15 December 2021.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below provide details on the information currently available. This information will be regularly updated so please refer to our website for the most up to date information. If you need urgent advice or assistance, please contact our Emergency Phone Number on +61 401 123 205.


When can students travel to Adelaide, South Australia for study?

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated international student visa holders, and some other temporary visa holders can return to Adelaide without requiring a travel exemption. For a full list of eligible visa types, go to: Vaccinated travellers | COVID-19 and the border (


Do students have to be vaccinated to travel to Australia?

Only fully vaccinated international students will be able to enter Australia without a travel exemption.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, students need to have received the recommended schedule of doses of a vaccine that Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved or recognised.

Individuals vaccinated with mixed doses will be considered fully vaccinated if all vaccines received are approved or recognised by the TGA.


What evidence do students need to provide to show that they have been fully vaccinated?

Students will be asked to show evidence of their vaccination status when arriving in Australia. More information on how students can provide evidence of their status is available here: Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates | Australian Passport Office (


What are students required to do before they travel to Australia?

The Department of Home Affairs has developed a helpful checklist outlining the steps students need to take to return to Australia: Preparing to travel to Australia from overseas | COVID-19 and the border (


Australian Travel Declaration

Students are required to complete an Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD contains a declaration regarding vaccination status that is critical health information. Students must be able to provide evidence that they made this declaration before boarding the aircraft. To complete their ATD, student must visit: Australia Travel Declaration | COVID-19 and the border (


Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR testing

All travellers to Australia, including those who have been vaccinated, must provide evidence of a negative pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 3 days before the flight’s schedule departure into Australia.

Most overseas countries and regions also require a PCR test and to present a valid negative test result before they can transit through or enter.  The timeframes for this vary and is specific to each country’s entry requirement. Students must check the requirements in any countries or regions that they are travelling through.


Will I need to collect my student from the airport?

Homestays will need to collect students from the airport on the day that they arrive. Students have been asked to collect their luggage and move outside of the airport where they will be greeted by you and a staff member from International Education Services (IES) wearing a red vest and holding a sign with the student’s name on it. You will not need to go inside the airport to collect your student.

We ask that only one member of the homestay family (where possible) collects students from their airport.

If you are unable to locate the IES staff member at the airport, please contact our Emergency Phone on 0401 123 205.


Will students need to quarantine when they arrive in South Australia?

At this point in time, there are no medi-hotel quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international student arrivals.

On arrival, students must:

  • Undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in SA and quarantine until their test has been taken. They do not need to quarantine whilst waiting for their results.
  • Not enter a high-risk setting for 7 days after arrival.

It is strongly recommended that you book your student in for a COVID-19 PCR test to avoid lengthy delays in queues. Please visit the SA Health Online Bookings page to make a booking for your student.

You can monitor COVID-19 testing site wait times and hot weather operating hours via SA Health’s Facebook page. There are also community run Facebook pages that can provide more up to date information regarding testing site wait times.

For further information on testing requirements, prior to departure, and on arrival in South Australia, visit: International travel | SA.GOV.AU: COVID-19


Who can I contact if I need more information?

  • Homestay Email – [email protected]
  • International Education Services Reception – 8226 3402
  • SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787
  • IES Emergency Phone – 0401 123 205




The information provided in this document is general in nature and does not constitute advice. South Australian Government Schools has made every effort to ensure the information is correct at time of publication (December 2021) however information is subject to change without notice. South Australian Government Schools does not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this document including information provided by third parties.

Individuals must not rely solely on the information in this document to make decisions. South Australian Government Schools does not give any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of information contained in this document. Except insofar as any liability under statute cannot be excluded, South Australian Government Schools, their employees and Authorised Representatives do not accept any liability for any error or omission in this document or for any resulting loss or damage suffered by the reader or any other person.

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