New South Wales will start letting international students back into Australia under a new program with 250 students arriving each fortnight from early December.
These students will have to have had both doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved vaccine such as the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, with students from China who received other vaccines not being part of the pilot program.
The students will have to complete a 14 day quarantine in a facility in Redfern, Sydney which has been retrofitted to COVIDSafe standards approved by NSW Health and NSW Police.
The federal government recently announced that once the country reaches 80 percent double dose vaccination, Australia will open its borders.
Whether the state governments allow international travellers in is another question with Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory still almost completely free of Covid-19.
The New South Wales Government says the international student arrivals will not displace any returning Australians and that the program will be fully funded by industry.
The international student industry was worth a huge $40 billion dollars to NSW in 2019 so programs such as this are a precursor to more international student arrivals in Australia in 2022.
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