Travel directly to Queensland without quarantine

24 January 2022

The University of Queensland is pleased to advise that fully vaccinated international students can now travel directly to Queensland without the need to quarantine.

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The University of Queensland can’t wait to welcome you!

From 19 January 2022 the Australian Government is providing a rebate for the international student visa application charge ($630) for students who travel to Queensland in the next eight weeks.

Travel directly to Queensland without the need to quarantine
Now that 90 per cent of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, international students can travel direct to Queensland without the need to quarantine on arrival.

For entry into Queensland, international students are required to

  • be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA);
  • hold a valid visa;
  • provide proof of their vaccination status; and
  • take a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arriving.

The Study Queensland pre-departure guide is a helpful tool to assist students prepare and understand the current processes on how to study, live and work safely in Queensland.

Preparing to study
All teaching and learning activities for Semester 1, 2022 are currently scheduled to commence on Monday 21 February.

UQ knows most students want to study on campus with teachers and peers; however, while global travel remains limited, some students and their families may prefer to wait a little longer before making the journey to Queensland. Should students prefer this option, in most instances they will be able to commence their studies online by enrolling in external mode.

When students are able to make their way safely to Queensland, UQ will adjust their learning to an on-campus experience where possible. It is therefore important students begin study on time even if they are studying online from their home country.

HDR candidates should contact the UQ Graduate School to discuss their commencement options.

UQ campuses open
The university’s campuses are open and operating under COVID-19 safe conditions. From 14 February 2022 anyone attending UQ campuses, sites, or facilities are required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine against COVID-19.

While on campus, students are required to adhere to the following conditions:

  • Maintain physical distancing where possible (1.5m)
  • Wear a face mask when indoors, and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Stay at home when sick
  • Use the QLD Check-in app on campus.

Register your arrival
Students are asked to please let UQ’s Student Services team know their plans and travel arrangements via UQ’s online registration form when they are ready to travel to Queensland.

Student Services can also provide transport from the airport to a student’s accommodation on their arrival, but students must book this service so UQ can organise to collect them. For further advice, please contact Student Services at or phone +61 7 3365 1704.

The Queensland Government is continually updating its website and students are encouraged to check it regularly. If conditions change, UQ will provide further updates via email so students should continue to check their emails.

UQ has an exciting Orientation Program prepared and is very much looking forward to welcoming students to campuses soon!

Do you have any questions about studying at the University of Queensland? Let us know by emailing We’re here to help!