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International students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with vaccines recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, will not be required to self-quarantine upon arrival in NSW from next month.
The NSW government made the announcement on Friday afternoon, aligning impending arrivals with the end of the November 1 quarantine for returning fully vaccinated Australians and their immediate families.
NSW’s International Student Arrival Pilot Plan allows 250 returning international students, studying with NSW education providers, to arrive in the state every fortnight starting December 6.
Institutions such as UTS, UNSW, University of Sydney, Australian Catholic University, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong and University of Western Sydney have all subscribed to the plan.
Students must have been fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognized COVID-19 vaccine before landing in Sydney.
“The first flight will carry around 250 students from more than 15 countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada, with a second flight to bring students from Southeast Asia and ‘India also planned,’ Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet and Jobs said. Minister Stuart Ayres said in a joint statement.
Mr Ayres said students will need Commonwealth government approval to travel to Australia.
The first phase of the plan was to bring 500 international students back on charter flights, paid by the students, by the end of 2021.
Scape Redfern, which has more than 500 rooms, was reported in September as the place where students would complete a 14-day quarantine. However, for those who are fully vaccinated, this will no longer be necessary.
“Students will return via flights to NSW from December until further notice thanks to the pilot plan’s phased approach,” the NSW government said on Friday. “Scape Redfern will continue to be the hosting partner supporting international students upon their return.”