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We are looking forward to welcoming fully vaccinated international students back to Curtin College for the start of Semester 1, 2022!

Below are some answers to questions we’ve been receiving from international students. This information will be regularly updated.

Last update: 13 December 2021

Information on travelling  to Western Australia

When will I be able to return to Western Australia for my studies?

The Western Australia’s borders will be open to all fully vaccinated domestic and international arrivals without the need to quarantine on 5 February 2022.

Will I have to quarantine?

No. International students who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter Western Australia and will not need to quarantine.

Who will book my flights to come to Australia?

Students will be responsible for booking and paying for their own flights.

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

Yes, you will need to hold a valid student visa to enter 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, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

What you should know before coming to Western Australia

What are the conditions of entry into Western Australia from overseas?

To enter Western  Australia you must:

Will it be compulsory for international students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine prior to entering Western Australia?

Yes. Australia requires all international arrivals to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine.  This is to help protect your safety and that of the Australian community. A list of vaccines currently recognised and approved in Australia can be found here.

How do I know if my vaccination certificate meets Australia’s requirements?

Travellers vaccinated outside Australia will be required to present certificates that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Must contain:
    • Name as it appears on traveller’s passport
    • Either date of both or passport number
    • The vaccine brand name, andthe date of each does or the date the full course of immunisation was completed

Both paper and digital certificates are acceptable.

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

International travellers will be required to submit an Australian Travel Declaration online with a copy of your vaccination certificate before your flight. This needs to be completed at least 72 hours before your flight.

You will then need to provide an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) or foreign vaccination certificate when you board your flight and again, on arrival in Australia.  Further information can be viewed at the Smartraveller website.


If my vaccine isn’t recognised by the TGA but it is in my home country, can I be considered for entry?

No.  Only students who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) can enter Australia.

Pre-departure information

What can international students do to prepare to come to Australia?

If you’re already studying at Curtin College:

  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated with a TGA approved vaccine
  • Contact your travel agent and start looking into your travel arrangements to Western Australia
  • Understand your local COVID-19 testing arrangements
  • Understand how to obtain a G2G pass

If you wish to study at Curtin College:

How do I arrange a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure?

The Australian Government does not maintain a list of approved international facilities or laboratories that provide COVID-19 PCR testing for pre-departure testing purposes.

International travellers to Australia should contact the local health authority of the country that they are in for information on the nearest COVID-19 PCR testing facility or laboratory.

This information is generally advertised on the local health authorities’ websites.

Who will inform current international students if they are eligible to return to Western Australia?

Our Admissions team will contact any students invited to return to Western Australia and provide the information they require at every step of the process.

This communication will ensure that students understand their responsibilities and obligations as they travel and arrive in Western Australia.

Where can I take my Covid test upon arrival in Australia?

A list of COVID testing clinics in Western Australia can be found here.

We will provide you with information about what tests are required once you arrive in Australia and where you are able to undertake these prior to your departure.

How do I organise my accommodation?

As a Curtin College student, you have access to the same on-campus accommodation options as Curtin University students. Students who are new to Perth will be given first priority.

If you are under the age of 18, Australian Immigration requires that Curtin College approves all your accommodation and welfare arrangements before you can travel to Australia.

Visit our Accommodation page to find out about all the accommodation options available to you as a Curtin College student.

For a limited time, Curtin University Students can partake in the Curtin Bonus and receive 50% off student accommodation in 2022. This is also available to Curtin College students. Find out More.

How do I organise airport pick up?

If you are an international student arriving for the first time, you have the option of being met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. This service can be arranged with the College via local agents and is a free service.

Will returning international students be able to immediately commence on-campus learning?

Yes, we have catered for international students to join our on-campus classes upon arrival to Australia, so that you receive an optimal learning experience.

You simply need to advise us of your expected arrival date so that we can then make the necessary arrangements to assist you with your on-campus classes and timetable.

What if I am still unable to or do not wish to return to Australia to study in 2022?

We recommend that you contact the College to discuss your circumstances, so that we can assess your request and advise you appropriately.

What if I get Covid-19 in Australia?

If you get tested for the virus, or you have symptoms, you need to stay at home. You will need to do this until you either have a negative test result or your symptoms have gone – whichever is longer. It may take a day or 2 for your test results to come back.

If your doctor says you are well enough to go home while you wait for your test results, you should protect yourself and others.

If you meet certain criteria, you may be considered a suspect case and be required to isolate.

People who are required to quarantine will need to continue to do so, regardless of a negative test result. For further information read guidance for people tested for COVID-19.

For questions about testing or patient welfare, call the National Coronavirus Helpline (1800 020 080). Please also inform your college immediately.

What medical treatment and support am I covered for as an international student?

International students are required to have health insurance while they are studying in Australia.

To provide further reassurance and to support the Western Australian health response to COVID- 19, the Minister for Health has confirmed that people who are not eligible for Medicare and who present to Western Australia Health facilities for assessment in relation to COVID-19 infection, will not be charged out-of-pocket expenses.

Can International students and their families remain confident that they can stay safe and protected from Covid-19 once they recommence their studies in Australia?

In the uncertainty of these times, Australia’s focus on minimising the risks of COVID-19 means international students can be more confident of their experience here than anywhere else in the world.

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