COVID-19 was first confirmed in Australia in late January 2020. While Australia has resumed most of its transportation and business operations, Australian borders are closed to international passengers as of now.
Here’s some important points stated by the Australian government in the wake of the pandemic.
For more details and updates, it is suggested that you visit the official website of the department of Home Affairs.
As the country reopens after the lockdown, transportation options in the UK are still limited and business operations are increasing gradually. With improving conditions, here’s some basic information for travellers, issued by the UK government in the wake of the pandemic.
UK Lockdown Restrictions
Across the UK, different approaches are being followed with respect to the lockdown restrictions. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the latest lockdown rules in the four countries of the UK.
While the country does not advise you to undertake any kind of travel during the pandemic, if you decide to travel to the United Kingdom, here’s a list of points to keep in mind.
As per the current rules in Northern Ireland, you should follow the advice mentioned below.
The Scottish Government has now announced Phase 3 of its route map through and out of the crisis. Here are some basic points to keep in mind if you are travelling to Scotland amid the pandemic.
Committed to keep Wales safe, the local government advises you to maintain social distancing and wash your hands regularly. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) recommends you sign up for foreign travel email alerts on GOV.UK. If you need urgent consular assistance you can:
Travelling can be challenging during the pandemic. You should follow the advisory issued by each country to ensure safe travel and stay. International students may not be able to travel to Canada if their study permit application was approved after March 18, 2020. According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), international students with a valid study permit may enter Canada only for “non-discretionary or non-optional purpose”.
Officers will assess the circumstances surrounding the student’s travel and consider, for example, whether any of the following apply:
Many prospective international students who would like to study in Canada for upcoming intakes are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognizes this, and will continue to ensure that Canada’s immigration programs are flexible to respond to these uncertainties with 3 new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online.
These changes are being implemented to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for students who need or want to start their Canadian study program online from abroad. Three changes that are being introduced in the wake of the pandemic are:
The Embassy of India is constantly in touch with the US government, which is monitoring the implications that this evolving situation may have for international students.
While all non-essential domestic or international travel is prohibited as recommended by the WHO and CDC, basic advisory issued by the US government is mentioned below.
The coronavirus crisis has brought in an unprecedented situation for everyone. The governments of Germany and India have issued advisories for international students to ensure safe travel amid COVID-19.
As per the latest updates, German citizens are allowed to enter Germany regardless of where they come from. Persons travelling from non-EU countries, by air or the sea, must comply with certain conditions.
For latest updates, you should visit the official embassy website.
The Visa Section of the German Missions have gradually started reopening some of their services.
The situation may change depending on how the pandemic progresses. All those wishing to travel to and from Germany are advised to contact the relevant embassies in their home countries/or transit countries, to see whether they will be prone to any travel restrictions along the way.
For New Zealand
If you have been selected to a university in New Zealand, you need to follow the instructions and guidelines issued by the government and wait for things to get back to normal.
Student visa holders and applicants
Student visa holders are not permitted to enter New Zealand as of now. Exceptions to the border closure can be made by Immigration New Zealand for exceptional circumstances only.
If the “first entry before” date on your visa has expired you will need to apply for a new visa.
Students have secured admission in any New Zealand university, can do the following:
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) sets the international student English language entry requirements for most education providers.
If you decide to cancel your study plans, contact your education provider. If your visa application has not been processed, you can contact Immigration New Zealand to withdraw it. Requests for visa application fee refunds and changes to visa conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.