SYDNEY: Western Australia (WA) has announced a new option for international students who have already enrolled in the state to return despite its closed borders.
According to media reports, the new avenue permits international students already registered at a WA primary school, secondary school, university, college, or technical college, among other institutions, to join the state. Students can travel straight into the state under the Australian government's arrival cap, or they can transit through another state or territory.
Students must have proof of a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours of departure and isolate for seven days after arrival at an appropriate location certified by WA Police or the WA Department of Health.
All international students must be immunised with at least two doses or booster doses if their home countries allow it. During self-quarantine, they must additionally undergo a RAT or PCR test within 24 hours after arrival, or a PCR test on day six or a RAT on day seven.