UPDATES: People travelling to Australia will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, following changes to the Biosecurity Act, which come into effect from midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022. For more information on the changes to international travel requirements visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid19.
We want all our students to feel comfortable at Australian Institute of Language from the day 1 you arrive Melbourne. Here are some points that you need to check before your departure.
To be able to travel to Australia, students must hold an eligible visa.
You need to ensure that your passport and student visa are valid. Check your passport expire date and make sure that it is valid for the full length of your student visa.
Customs and quarantine
The Australian Border Force has strict rules about what you can bring into Australia including how much money you can carry. Australia also has strict biosecurity controls to help minimise the risk of pests and diseases entering the country. All travellers must meet the requirements before entering Australia. For more details, please check Can you bring it in? (abf.gov.au).
Mobile and WIFI
You need to check your internet and mobile phone access before your leave your home country. You will need access to WIFI or phone data to receive your COVID-19 test results in Victoria. Activate global roaming on your mobile phone for at least four days or set up an Australian mobile phone number. Also do not forget to pack a universal travel plug or adaptor.
Make sure that you have arranged your accommodation before you head off to Australia. There are many types of accommodations that international students can choose and the cost varies based on the accommodation you pick. For detailed information about living and accommodation, please check www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/living-and-accommodation
Your medical history is important to consider when travelling to Victoria. You should check the Australian Department of Home Affairs health requirements before leaving home. For more information on health requirements, please go to: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/health
Ask your doctor for a letter that includes the technical name of, and reason for, any medicine you are planning to bring or may need to buy in Australia. A documented medical history will ensure you get proper care in an emergency.
You need to make sure that you have your OSHC ready before your departure as this is part of your enrolment process. For more information about Overseas Student Health Cover, see: www.studyaustralia.gov.au/english/live/insurance/insurance
There is a very detailed INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PRE-DEPARTURE GUIDE released by Department of Education and Training, please go to www.study.vic.gov.au/Shared%20Documents/en/Predeparture-Guide.pdf