Thank you for expressing interest in travelling to New South Wales under the New South Wales Government’s International Student Arrivals Plan.

The information on this site is for students who have been nominated by their universities to travel to Sydney and have received an invitation to register their travel details. 


Register your travel details

You must register your travel details, book and pay for your flights through the "Register your travel details" link provided in your invitation email. This link is personalised and cannot be used by anyone else. 

Please have the following items ready when you complete your registration: 
- Passport details including a photo of the bio page in your passport 
- Visa details including your Visa Grant Number (VGN
- A payment method to purchase your flights (accepted methods include credit card, debit card, WeChat Pay, Union Pay or AliPay)

Please read the instructions carefully and make sure your details are correct before you finalise your registration.

Note: At this stage companions are unable to travel to Australia with you. 

BEFORE you depart

Receive your flight summary and e-ticket

You will receive a flight summary email upon the completion of your registration. This email will contain your flight schedule and basic information for travel to Australia. Your e-ticket will be sent to you once it has been issued by the airline. This ticket will provide information on checking in for your flights, baggage allowances, transiting airports and restrictions on liquids (this ticket is not a boarding pass).

Complete your Australian Travel Declaration

You will need to complete an online Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure to Australia.

The Australia Travel Declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, quarantine requirements and health status.

Once the declaration has been completed, you will receive an email with details you can show (either electronically or printed) before you board your flight and again on arrival in Australia.

Failure to complete a declaration may result in you being denied boarding or delays upon arrival in Australia.

Test negative to COVID-19

All students must take a COVID-19 test 96 hours and 72 hours before their scheduled departure.

96 Hours - Students are requested to take a COVID-19 test approximately 96 hours before their scheduled flight departure. Please note that this test does not need to be a PCR test and can be a self-administered test, or a test taken at your local testing facility.

If you receive a positive COVID result you will be unable to travel and will need to contact the FCM Travel Team immediately, this will allow your seat to be resold to another student. Please refer to the FAQs page of the cancellation policy.

72 Hours - A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travel to Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check in.

If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.

PCR tests are to be taken after the below times:
India - Mumbai   2:50pm Monday 20 December 2021
India - Chennai  10:00am Monday 20 December 2021
India - Trivandrum   10:20am Monday 20 December 2021
Pakistan - Lahore   12:30pm Monday 20 December 2021
Nepal - Kathmandu 10:25am Monday 20 December 2021
Bangladesh - Dhaka  10:45am Monday 20 December 2021
Colombo - Sri Lanka  7:15pm Monday 20 December 2021

Please refer to the Australian Department of Health website for information on what must be shown in your COVID-19 PCR laboratory test result record, the preferred format for your test result record, what to do in the event of a positive or inconclusive test and what to do if you are a primary close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.

Your airline or local health authority can provide you with a list of recognised clinics, hospitals, or testing centres where you can get tested.

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Check what you can and cannot bring to Australia

The Australian Border Force website has a guide on what you can and can't bring into Australia.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website also has specific tips for international students including what not to pack. 

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What to expect

The Australian Border Force website explains what you can expect at the Australian border.


The NSW Government has announced that NSW will not require international students to quarantine, including under the Pilot Plan, where students are fully vaccinated with a TGA recognised vaccine and the Commonwealth Government has approved their travel to Australia. The Commonwealth Government is responsible for granting travel exemptions to enter Australia and NSW is working with the Commonwealth on securing travel exemptions for students returning under the Pilot Plan.

Once we are informed that the removal of quarantine requirements for international students is fully approved we will email all students that have confirmed registrations to notify them that quarantine is no longer required.

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