SYDNEY, Overseas students who have been vaccinated will return to NSW before the end of the year.
Overseas students who have been properly vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine will be able to return to NSW before the end of the year.
Hundreds of fully-vaccinated overseas students are poised to return to New South Wales in the months ahead, after the Commonwealth’s approval of a state and local government pilot program.
The NSW government revealed details of the proposal on Friday morning, which will see pupils return in stages and be quarantined for 14 days at a purpose-built facility in Redfern, Sydney.
The pilot’s first phase is expected to return 500 overseas students to NSW on chartered aircraft paid for by the students by the end of December.
It will also only cover student visa holders who have been properly immunized with injections approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is currently comprised of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna.
It means that students will apparently come from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and the United States, but not from China or Nepal, which are significant markets.
Deputy Premier of New South Wales, John Barilaro, stated that the pilot will be expanded when vaccination rates increased.