Western Australia is expected to reopen its borders to a limited number of students from overseas in preparation for the new academic year from January 2022, as the report from local media.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan is said to have visited with the vice-chancellors of the state’s institutions and informed them that international students will be back on campus and will be there classroom teaching by the first semester of 2022. They anticipate 5,000 fully immunized pupils returning.
According to Study Perth, McGowan’s declaration lays the door for international students to return to Western Australia in Semester 1, next year. The Study Perth team and member institutions communicate with equivalents in other states and territories on a regular basis about the various initiatives. The strategy has been reviewed and amended to ensure compatibility with the National Plan for managing Australia’s transition to Covid-19 living conditions.
Reliable avenues to come back to Australia for international students can be anticipated as soon as feasible, and this is a major part of the national effort to achieve this. In order to resolve the preconditions for the safe return of international student arrivals in Perth, a Project Team has been actively liaising with appropriate State and Federal Government authorities, including the Western Australian Chief Health Officer.
Australia remains dedicated to the safe arrival of overseas students and strives to keep students informed of all recent developments. Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Covishield are among the existing Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)-approved vaccinations.
According to the previous declarations, Western Australia was expected to reopen its interstate borders as late as early February, a move the premier claims will save 200 lives. The premier has earlier clashed with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison over border restrictions in Western Australia. The state’s plan to restore borders calls for foreign and domestic visitors to return after the state has reached a 90 per cent immunisation rate.
According to Sky News, Flight Centre CEO Graham Turner is contemplating legal action against WA’s restricted borders.
The state government notes the following about WA border restrictions: “Western Australia is expected to safely welcome more international arrivals from 20 November 2021, when it is expected 70% of the population will be double dose vaccinated. The international arrival cap will then double — to 530 per week.
Health Minister Roger Cook said, “As our vaccination rate continues to rise, we will be able to make further adjustments to our border controls — as outlined in WA’s Safe Transition Plan. We all want to return to the way of life before Covid-19 — and vaccination is our way out of the pandemic.”
“All international arrivals directly into WA must quarantine in a state-run hotel facility for 14 days at their own expense. International travellers are subject to mandatory Covid-19 tests on the day following their arrival in WA, on days five and 13 of quarantine. Once travellers have left quarantine, they are subject to Covid-19 testing on days 17 and 21 after their arrival in WA.”
The state has clarified border restrictions relating to Western Australia “Western Australia is expected to safely welcome more international arrivals from Nov. 20, 2021, when it is expected 70% of the population will be double dose vaccinated. The international arrival cap will then double — to 530 per week”. Concerns have been raised by some students on Twitter over the removal of border restrictions in Western Australia.