Updates on the arrival of international students to Melbourne

Updated: 23 November 2021

We’re very excited to shortly be welcoming you back to Swinburne. You are part of our vibrant community and we’ve missed you! Whether you’re a returning student or joining us for the first time, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your transition smooth and stress-free. 

The Australian Government has announced that from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students will be able to travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Swinburne welcomes this announcement. Further information is available on the Australian Government’s Home Affairs website. It is also important to review the Victorian Government’s information for returned overseas travellers.  

Our campuses are operating under COVID-safe regulations, so you can be confident in your decision to join us, when the time comes. You can also email an International Student Advisor on isa@swinburne.edu.au about your personal situation at any time.

  • “We are delighted to be able to send a strong signal to our students that we are looking forward to having them back onto our campuses where they have been sorely missed since the beginning of the pandemic.”  

    Professor Pascale Quester , Vice-Chancellor

Frequently asked questions

I’ve seen the Australian Prime Minister announce that international students can return to Australia. Is this correct?

Yes, the Australian Government has announced that from 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students will be able to travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. 

Further information is available on the Australian Government’s Home Affairs website

Will I need to quarantine on arrival in Victoria?

As of 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated international students on an eligible visa can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. 

Fully vaccinated travellers to Victoria do not need to quarantine if they follow government guidelines, which includes but is not limited to, on-arrival COVID-19 testing. Please see the Victorian Government website for details. 

Note: Swinburne requires all students to provide proof of full vaccination before they can return to any Swinburne campus.

Where can I find more information?

Please see the Australian Government's Home Affairs website for more information on vaccinated travel into Australia.

We also suggest you stay up-to-date with the Victorian Government's information for returned overseas travellers.

The Study Melbourne website is also a good source of information.

View our latest COVID-19 updates

The health, safety and wellbeing of our student community remains a priority for Swinburne. Stay up to date with the latest news, processes and procedures via our COVID-19 hub.

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What else do I need to know?


For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination, please visit the TGA vaccine recognition page.

Visa and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

There are a few things you can do right now that will help you prepare for your return to Australia (and Swinburne!) Please check that you have:

  • proof of your vaccination status
  • a current and approved visa (you can read more info on student visas on the Home Affairs website)
  • your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), that covers the entire period of your study in Australia.


If you have already advised Swinburne of accepting an expression of interest under the Victorian Government International Students Arrival Plan -  and you have already registered and paid for your flight under the Plan - you are set! Your flight and seat are guaranteed for you. You you will still need to follow any testing instructions required by your airline, as well as the Victorian Government requirements when entering the state.  

If you have not yet been contacted by the travel company to secure a flight, you will remain on the list, and may be contacted soon to be offered an available seats from your port of departure. 

You are also welcome to make your own travel arrangments. If you wish to do so, you can decline the offer from the International Students Arrival Plan if you are contacted. If you do not already have a flight organised when contacted, you can discuss the advantages of a flight through the International Student Arrival Plan with the travel consultant and make a decision about what suits you.

For further information contact an International Student Advisor isa@swinburne.edu.au.

You can begin making plans now! 

Swinburne expects all students to come to Australia and study on campus in time for Semester 1, 2022.

We understand that this may be a challenge for some students, so we will shortly be sending a survey asking students to let us know if they are unable to travel to Australia for Semester 1, 2022.

We understand some students may be unsure about coming to Australia, for a number of reasons. Please look out for a survey where you can indicate your intention to travel to Australia by Semester 1 2022.  

You can read more about our support for international students, or you can email the International Student Advisor team at isa@swinburne.edu.au.

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Talk to our International Student Advisors

International Student Advisors (ISAs) are here to help with any questions you may have, big or small. To make a virtual appointment while you remain in your home country, please email isa@swinburne.edu.au and we will contact you at your confirmed time to host the meeting.

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