Returning to UOW Australia

UOW is working with the sector as well as state and federal governments to allow international students to travel to Australia and commence or continue their studies at one of our vibrant campuses.

At this time, it is not possible to travel to Australia from overseas without a Government-approved travel exemption or an automatic exemption.

We anticipate that this may change, and when it does, things will move quickly, so we invite any students (new and returning) interested in travelling to UOW Australia to register for updates on returning to Australia.

For UOW's most up-to-date advice on COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 response page. You can also visit the Australian Department of Health - Information for travellers webpage for more information.

Applying for a Travel Exemption

The following is based on the current information from the Department of Home Affairs. Travel restrictions and requirements may change at any time, so please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website before traveling.

International students can request a travel exemption online from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

In order to apply for a travel exemption, you will need to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Home Affairs and provide appropriate evidence to support your request.

You may also require a letter of recommendation from UOW to accompany your application for an exemption. If you require a letter of recommendation, you can request one as follows:

Please note that it may take up to ten working days to issue this letter to you.

Click here to apply for a travel exemption to enter Australia.

  • If you are not granted an exemption, you will not be permitted to board a flight to Australia.
  • If you are granted an exemption, you will need to take evidence of the exemption decision to the airport with all other documentation, and travel as soon as is practicable. You should also contact UOW to advise of your travel plans. Please note that you are responsible for your own and may be required to quarantine on arrival at your own expense.