Up to 6,000 fully vaccinated international students are expected to return to Western Australia in the next few weeks under a new pathway announced by the state’s government, while its border will fully reopen on March 3.
Western Australia previously postponed a plan to open borders on February 5 as a result of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The new plan allows international students enrolled or about to begin their studies in primary and secondary schools, universities, colleges, technical colleges, and other further education courses to begin entering the state. The first students began arriving on February 15.
Arriving students will be subject to the same quarantine requirements as other approved travellers, and have the option of isolating in state-run hotels, approved hotel accommodation and on-campus accommodation, or other premises approved by WA Police or WA Health.
This new pathway is part of our ongoing review of border controls taking place this month, based on the latest health advice, WA premier Mark McGowan said.
According to the government, new health advice indicates that the international student cohort presents a low risk to the state’s community.
The relatively small size of the international student cohort and the strong support universities provide allow us to have confidence in quarantine arrangements, meaning the risk to the community is low, McGowan added.
This recent decision is another positive step toward getting international students back to study in Perth, which is StudyPerth’s primary goal, StudyPerth said in a statement.
Earlier in February, Western Australia allocated some AUS$16 million to supporting the state’s international education sector as part of a new support package. Leer más