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Int’l students to return from Dec. 15

Here is some welcome news for students looking to update Australia’s international borders. Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt, said the country is set to reopen its borders as planned on December 15 for eligible visa holders, including foreign students and skilled migrants.

Hunt told reporters Monday that reopening was on track to move forward when asked about the schedule. “Yes, we’re on the right track – and that was emphasized again over the weekend,” he said. “Reopening is scheduled – will go ahead In consultation with the Prime Minister, discussion of the National Cabinet and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.”

On November 29, the federal government announced that it would do so Delayed reopening of Australian borders December 1 to December 15 following concerns about the COVID-19 variant Omicron. Australia’s Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said last week regarding the modernization of Australia’s international borders that reopening was “on track” to take place on December 15.

Hunt, however, was before Refuse to make any guarantees Australia will reopen its borders to international students and visa holders in mid-December.

Morrison’s update to Australia’s international border includes confirmation that international students from South Korea and Japan will also be able to return to Australia from Wednesday. Source: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP

International Border Update in Australia: Return of International Students from South Korea and Japan

According to SBS News, the Australian international border update includes that From December 15, the borders are expected to reopen to skilled international visa holders and students, as well as holders of humanitarian, work holiday and temporary family visas.

It added that easing restrictions would mean that fully vaccinated visa holders would no longer be required to secure an exemption for travel to the country.

According to Sky News Australia, the reopening of Australia on Wednesday will also be applicable to international students, eligible visa holders and tourists from Japan and South Korea. Morrison confirmed the “encouraging” news during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday.

“The borders will be reopened for both Korea and Japan, for brain drain and for students, as we finish the pause we announced several weeks ago,” he said. “This is made possible because Korea and Australia have shared the experience of COVID-19.”

Although Australian borders are closed, there are around 250 international students back to Australia Under the NSW International Student Arrival Scheme on 6 December.

Students of the pilot program include students from more than 15 countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada. A second flight carrying the students is scheduled to arrive in Sydney on December 24.

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