Return of school age international students to Adelaide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 during your return to South Australia, please contact our Emergency Phone Number on +61 401 123 205.


When can I 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 (


If I am travelling from an identified country of concern, can I return to South Australia for my studies?

Read more about the Australian government’s measures regarding COVID-19 Omicron variant here: Additional border security measures to protect Australians from the new ‘Omicron’ COVID-19 variant | Australian Government Department of Health


Is there a checklist to help me understand the steps I need to take to return to Australia?

The Department of Home Affairs has developed a helpful checklist outlining the steps you 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 considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft. To complete your ATD, visit: Australia Travel Declaration | COVID-19 and the border (


Pre-departure 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 you can transit through or enter. The timeframes for this vary and is specific to each country’s entry requirement. Ensure that you check the requirements in any countries or regions that you are travelling through.


Will I need to quarantine when I arrive in South Australia?

For fully vaccinated international student arrivals, you must undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in SA and quarantine until you have had your test.

You can monitor COVID-19 testing site wait times and 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


EntryCheck SA

International arrivals no longer need to complete the Entry Check SA form as there are no longer quarantine requirements in place for fully vaccinated international arrivals.


Will I need a current student visa to return to South Australia?

Yes, you will need to hold a valid Student Visa to return to Australia. You can check your current visa status and the expiry date of your visa through VEVO or your ImmiAccount. You can also use your ImmiAccount to apply for a new visa if yours has already expired or is close to expiring. For further information on Student Visas, go to the DHA website

If you held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and couldn’t complete your course in your original visa validity because of the impacts of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a visa application fee waiver. You can find out more about this on the Department of Home Affairs website or speak to South Australian Government Schools.


Is there anything I can do to prepare to return to Adelaide?

It is anticipated that flight capacity may be reduced in the short term as Australia begins to open its international borders so, please start to consider booking flights as soon as you are able to.

Please advise South Australian Government Schools of your arrival date into Adelaide by completing our Online Student Arrival Form to advise our office of your flight details and vaccination status. This form will be important to assist us track and manage student arrivals into South Australia.


Do I 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, you 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 I need to provide to show that I have been fully vaccinated?

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


Will students from all countries be able to return to South Australia?

Fully vaccinated student visa holders from any country, besides identified countries of concern, are now able to enter Australia from 15 December 2021.


Do I still need a travel exemption to come to Australia?

From 15 December 2021 fully vaccinated international students do not require a travel exemption to enter Australia.


I am concerned about how students will be welcomed back to Adelaide. What can I expect?

South Australia has a rich history of promoting and encouraging a culture of inclusion and respect, and this has never been more important than right now.

As always, we will do everything possible to support you during your time in South Australia.



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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