Australia will open its borders before the end of the year to fully-vaxxed international students and skilled workers – but ONLY if you’ve gotten these vaccines
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says foreign students can return soon
- They must be fully vaccinated with shots recognized by the TGA
- Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson welcomed the proposal
Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he is confident that international students and skilled workers can travel to Australia ‘sooner rather than later’.
He said the federal government was in the process of returning foreign students to the country while talks were underway with states and territories.
The comments come as his NSW counterpart Dominic Perrottet announced plans to restart the international student sector in the state once key vaccination targets are met.
“In due course we will bring back international students and we have discussed that with the NSW government and we have thought about it internally,” Frydenberg said in an online address to major companies on Friday.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the federal government was in the process of returning foreign students to Australia
“It is inevitable that (the return) will happen and I am convinced that it could happen sooner rather than later.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier on Friday that travel would be possible once vaccination targets reach 80 percent.
He said students and skilled workers could be welcomed to the country once they are fully vaccinated.
The NSW government said it expected the return of hundreds of international students by the end of the year, although not from key markets such as China and Nepal due to vaccination restrictions.
The NSW plan would require all international students to be fully vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson.
Students who have been vaccinated with other vaccines, such as Sinovac, are not allowed to enter.
All international students must be fully vaccinated with vaccines recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
Universities Australia CEO Catriona Jackson welcomed the proposal.
“Today’s announcement will bring hope and assurance to many students who have waited patiently to return to NSW campuses and realize their dream of a world-class Australian education,” she said.
“Universities across the country have been working diligently on pilot plans and the NSW scheme will be closely monitored.”
ACT chief Andrew Barr said he expected students to be able to return to Canberra in 2022.
He told reporters Friday that there was no need for a pilot program in the area.
“If we’re trying to get international students back, not in a handful, but in much larger numbers, before the start of the first semester, 2022, that’s a goal worth working towards,” Barr said. .