Novel coronavirus – information for VET, ELICOS and higher education students

International students starting the new academic year may be
impacted by travel restrictions and exclusion periods following the
novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

From 1 February 2020, international students will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from
the time they have left or transited through mainland China. Students already in Australia may also
be subject to exclusion periods which prevent them from being at their place of study. If a student
has traveled to mainland China within the past 14 days, or has been in close contact with a
confirmed case of novel coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving
mainland China.

Useful links

Further advice for international students is available on the Department of Education, Skills and
Employment website. Enquiries can be directed to

The Tuition Protection Service has published advice for students and education providers regarding
the coronavirus restrictions on travel. (

PRISMS help desk has provided advice for education providers in relation to managing international
student Confirmation of Enrolment records (CoEs). (

A note from ECA

Our hearts go out to those affected by the novel coronavirus. We hope that all of our students and friends have a safe year in 2020, and are able to continue with their studies.