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Study Tasmania is looking forward to welcoming our international students back to Tasmania.

Click here to see the entry conditions to come to Australia. International arrivals who meet other Australian entry requirements are not subject to additional requirements to enter Tasmania.

As Tasmania is not a port of entry for international flights, you will need to check the entry requirements of the state of your arrival.

We recommend that you arrive at least two weeks before your course start date to allow plenty of time to settle in. There are also things you can do to prepare for travelling to Australia and onwards to Tasmania like ensuring you are fully vaccinated with an Australian approved vaccine and that you hold a current eligible visa.

International Students Travelling to Tasmania

Frequently Asked Questions

Arrival into Tasmania

When will I be able to arrive in Tasmania to study?

Tasmania’s borders are open to domestic and international travellers.

Click here to see the entry conditions to come to Australia. International arrivals who meet other Australian entry requirements are not subject to additional requirements to enter Tasmania.

Will I have to quarantine?

International students arriving in Australia will not be required to quarantine on arrival in Tasmania.

As Tasmania is not a port of entry for international flights, you will need to check the entry and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of your arrival.

Vaccinations

What Vaccinations are approved by Australia?

Certain vaccinations are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and are recognised by Australia as fully vaccinated.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs to see the whole list and definition of fully vaccinated.

How do I prove that I am vaccinated?

You will need to present evidence of your vaccination status when arriving in Australia. To see which formats meet the criteria, and for information on foreign vaccination certificates, visit the Australian Passport Office website.

You are required to upload evidence of your vaccination when applying to enter Tasmania through the Tas e‑travel System and you must be prepared to provide evidence on arrival in Tasmania.

Visas

What is the list of eligible visa holders?

All fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can now travel to Australia. The full list can be found on the Department of Home affairs website

Pre departure

What do I need to do before leaving for Australia?

  • You will need to be fully vaccinated with an Australian approved vaccination and hold a valid student visa or an eligible visa. See the Home Affairs website to find out the latest information.
  • Everyone arriving to Australia, must provide evidence of a negative pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 3 days before their flight’s scheduled departure.
  • We recommend you visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information and updates (as these are subject to change).
  • Please also note that flight capacity might also be reduced as Australia borders open.
  • There is a check list you can use to understand what you need to do to prepare to travel to Australia.

At Study Tasmania we understand that as international students you have gone through a difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Tasmania is here to support and connect you to resources that may help you.  Feel free to reach out through study.tasmania@stategrowth.tas.gov.au.

Health and Wellbeing Support

We understand that for students, talking about financial or emotional support with someone they don't know is difficult. We want to let you know that seeking help will not affect your enrolment or your visa.

Your health and wellbeing is important and we encourage you to maintain connections and to seek help if you are feeling uneasy or have concerns. Please see the below support services.

One Door Mental Health | Emotional Support in Mandarin and English

Beyond Blue | Mental Health during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Embrace Mental Health | Multicultural Mental Health Site (many languages available)

Lifeline | Mental Health and Well being

Red Cross | Looking After your Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19

Ask Izzy | COVID-19 Support Resource

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. The vaccine is free for all international students studying in Australia.

Click here to know more about the vaccination program.

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar – Information for Temporary Visa Holders.

Click here to access a recording on information about the vaccination program and getting a COVID-19 vaccination in Tasmania.

This webinar was recorded by Study Tasmania and Migration Tasmania on Friday, 24 September 2021.

You will hear from Dr Shannon Melody,  a Public Health Physician working as the Specialist Medical Advisor to the Tasmanian Vaccination Emergency Operations Centre.

Check In TAS app

Tasmanians and visitors, 16 years or older, are required to use the Check in TAS app when they visit certain businesses and events.

This app will help manage contract tracing in the case of any future COVID-19 outbreaks and help to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our community safe.

If you do not have a smartphone or are unable to use one, others in your group can check in for you on their device or staff at the premises will be able to record your contact information on their device or with pen and paper.

The free Check In TAS app is available for download from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. To learn more about the Check in TAS app, please visit this page.

International Student Assistance Network (ISSN) Homestay Program

If you are an international student in Australia experiencing financial hardship you may be eligible to participate in the International Student Support Network (ISSN) Homestay Program.

Students whose education providers identify them as being financially vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needing support can be referred to the ISSN to apply for a heavily discounted homestay placement.

ISSN homestays include a private room, meals, utilities, and support from one of our committed Australian Homestay Network (AHN) host families.

For more information see Homestay Program.

For more up-to-date information please visit the below websites:

Tasmanian Government | Coronavirus Information

Australian Government | Coronavirus related updates, information and media releases

UTAS | Coronavirus

GETI | COVID-19 International Student Information

TasTAFE | Coronavirus Update

Australian Government Department of Health | Head to Health

Department of Home Affairs | COVID-19 and the border

Information current as at 6 January 2022.