Arrival of international students to Melbourne

Updated: 31 August 2022

We’re very excited to 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. 

Further information is available on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website. It is also important to review the Victorian Government's information for travellers and on international student arrivals.  

Our campuses are operating under COVID-safe regulations, so you can be confident in your decision to join us for face-to-face learning. You can also email an International Student Advisor on about your personal situation at any time.

International Student Welcome 2022
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Frequently asked questions

The Australian Government has announced that travellers entering Australia from 6 July 2022 do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status. Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.

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

Please check that you have:

  • a current and approved visa (you can read more information on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website)
  • your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from Swinburne
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) that covers the entire period of your study in Australia.

If you have enrolled in a vocational education, undergraduate or postgraduate course, you will also find a handy pre-departure and arrival checklist in your International Student Resource Guide module on Canvas. Simply log in to Canvas, using the same username and password that you use for your student email.

Foundation Year, UniLink Diploma and ELICOS students can email for arrival advice and checklist.

As an international traveller arriving in Victoria, you do not need to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. However, some countries, airlines and vessel operators may require a pre-departure test result at check-in before you can board your flight or ship. Masks are mandatory on inbound international flights to Australia.

Visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website for more information.

All international travellers are strongly encouraged to take a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia. You do not need to self-quarantine while awaiting your result, as long as you have no symptoms.

You must take a rapid antigen test or PCR test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within seven days of arriving in Australia. For more information, please visit the Victorian Government's information for travellers.

Swinburne provides a free transfer service from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport to your home or temporary accommodation if you are:

  • a commencing international student (i.e. starting your study with Swinburne)
  • a Swinburne international student returning to Melbourne for the first time since the Australian borders reopened

You can read more about airport pick-up service (including how to book) and other arrival information on our Arriving in Melbourne page.

We expect all UniLink Diploma and Foundation Year students to join us for face-to-face studies in Melbourne for Teaching Period 3, which commences on Monday 17 October.

In some circumstances, students who do not yet have their visa will be allowed to enrol late, but must be in Australia to start classes by Monday 31 October.

Foundation Year, UniLink Diploma and ELICOS students can email for arrival advice and checklist.

We expect ELICOS students to be in Melbourne to study on campus for the start of ELICOS Teaching Period 7 (29 August 2022). If you do not have your visa in time, you will need to tell us by emailing

Foundation Year, UniLink Diploma and ELICOS students can email for arrival advice and checklist.

Please see the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website for more information on travel to Australia.

We also suggest you stay up-to-date with the Victorian Government's information for travellers and on international student arrivals.

Got more questions?

We've got answers! If you can't find the information you need on this page, visit our International Student FAQs for more detailed information on returning to Melbourne and studying at Swinburne in 2022.

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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 and we will contact you at your confirmed time to host the meeting.

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