International Student Arrivals

Information about bringing our international students back to Melbourne and back to campus.

Last updated: 15 July 2022

Vaccination requirements

The Australian Government has announced that from 6 July 2022, people are able to travel to Australia without being required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status.

From 18 July 2022, the University will continue to strongly encourage individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations but will no longer require evidence of vaccination in order to access campus.

University-supported option for travelling to Melbourne

University students are able to use the University's official travel partner UniTravel, which is supported by ATPI.

This service has many benefits including access to discounted airfares and up-to-date general travel advice. The service is with you every step of the way, including support with rebooking flights, should your flights be cancelled or rescheduled.

In an added safety and wellbeing measure, flights booked with UniTravel are visible to us here at the University. This means staff can monitor any significant disruptions or delays to your journey and support you with any changes to your travels plans, right through to your arrival in Melbourne.

If you would like book your travel through this service, please contact student.unitravel@atpi.com or +61 3 9035 5666. This supported service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Frequently asked questions

Last updated: 15 July

Options for booking your flight

  • Who are UniTravel/APTI and why should I book with them?

    UniTravel is the University’s own travel program, supported by ATPI. We’re very pleased to now extend this University-supported service to students. The service has many benefits including access to discounted airfares and up-to-date general travel advice. The service is with you every step of the way, including rebooking flights, should your flights be cancelled or rescheduled.

    In an added safety and wellbeing measure, flights booked with UniTravel are visible to us here at the University. This means staff can monitor any significant disruptions or delays to your journey and can support you with any changes to your travels plans, right through to your arrival in Melbourne.

    If you would like book your travel through UniTravel please contact student.unitravel@atpi.com or +61 3 9035 5666. This supported service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Can I get a refund with UniTravel if I find a better deal somewhere else?

    Like other travel services, any booked airfare will be subject to the conditions set by the chosen airline.

    If students choose to explore a booking with UniTravel, all the terms and conditions will be made clear when selecting a flight and communicated by our travel consultants.

  • Can I go ahead and book my flights myself?

    Yes. You are encouraged to review the information available on the Department of Home Affairs site to ensure that you meet the criteria for entry to Australia for fully vaccinated, eligible visa holders.

    Please be aware that increasing travel demand, as well as the limited availability of flights to Australia, is likely to mean limited seats during the coming months, and in some cases, highly variable ticket costs.

Before you travel

  • What do I need to do to prepare to travel to Australia?

    The Australian Government has provided a checklist for you to review and check before making your travel plans. You will also need to check the requirements for the state or territory to which you are arriving.

    The Victorian Government information for overseas travellers is relevant for anyone flying into Melbourne.

    To support your arrival into Melbourne, the University’s Airport Pickup Service is available to all international students. You may choose to use this pickup service to travel from Melbourne airport to your accommodation, noting you must book the airport pickup three (3) business days prior to your arrival. To learn more about the service and make your booking please visit our Airport Pickup Service page.

    If you are able to source COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) on this list of TGA-approved RATs, it may help you to purchase a few in your home country and bring them with you. Please see the next question about ‘Do I need to quarantine on arrival into Australia?’ for more information

On your arrival or return to Australia

  • Do I need to quarantine on arrival into Australia?

    No, but you must follow the current requirements specified by the Victorian Government if you land in Victoria, or those set out by the Australian Government and the state or territory (eg NSW) in which you arrive.

    All international travellers arriving in Victoria:

    • are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia, and do not need to self-quarantine while awaiting the result*
    • must undertake a PCR or a rapid antigen test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of arriving in Australia
    • must comply with all COVIDSafe settings in place, such as wearing masks when required
    • may transit directly to another state or territory following arrival in Victoria

    * NOTE: Additional testing and requirements apply if you are entering student accommodation. Please contact your residence directly for information.

  • Who is funding my return?

    There will be a range of costs associated with international students travelling to the University of Melbourne. The University has committed to supporting students by contributing to these costs in 2022 via the Melbourne Welcome Grant. All international students are welcome to apply for the grant upon arrival in Australia, regardless of how they arranged their travel.

  • Will it be a requirement for me to be fully vaccinated before I return to campus?

    From 18 July 2022, the University will continue to strongly encourage individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations but will no longer require evidence of vaccination in order to access campus.

  • Do I need a new or specific visa to come back?

    No, you don’t need a new visa, but you must have a current student visa (subclass 500).

    You should also check that your visa does not expire earlier than your expected course completion date. For more information on visas, visit the student visa page.

Further queries

If you have further queries that are not answered in the FAQs above, please contact Stop 1.