Charter plane carrying HUNDREDS of international students is due to land in Sydney next Monday despite border pause
- None of the students are from Omicron-affected southern African countries
- They will isolate at a student accommodation facility in Sydney for three days
- NSW Premier says returning students is a ‘milestone in roadmap to recovery’
Around 250 international students are set to arrive in Sydney on Monday, despite a delay in easing border restrictions due to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The students are from more than 15 countries, including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada.
Daily Mail Australia understands that none of the students are from the southern African countries at the centre of the Omicron outbreak.
The students will isolate at a student accommodation facility in the inner city Sydney suburb of Redfern for three days.
People wearing PPE (pictured) arrive at Sydney International Airport on Monday, November 29, 2021. The Omicron Covid-19 variant has arrived in Australia after testing confirmed overseas travellers who arrived in Sydney were infected with the new strain
They will be subject to strict new quarantine measures introduced last weekend.
‘International Students who enter NSW will need to isolate for 72 hours as per the current NSW Public Health Orders,’ the state minister for trade Stuart Ayres said.
Border restrictions for international students and other eligible visa holders had been due to ease tomorrow, December 1, but the federal government has deferred the easing until December 15 due to concerns about Omicron.
But the NSW government decided to continue with its international student program anyway.
Announcing the program earlier this month, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said international education plays a vital role in connecting NSW to the world, with almost 290,000 students studying here before the pandemic, supporting more than 95,000 full-time jobs.
‘This is a significant milestone in our roadmap to recovery and I can’t wait to welcome back such an important part of our community,’ Mr Perrottet said.
‘They don’t just make a significant contribution to our economy, but international students play a role in our culture and contribute to our community and lifestyle.’
Speaking at the time, Mr Ayres said: ‘This sends a clear message about how much NSW values our international students.’
Students (pictured) enter the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Around 250 international students are set to arrive in Sydney on Monday, despite a delay in easing border restrictions due to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19
Now, after Omricon has arrived in Australia and just days before the first batch of international students are due, Mr Ayres said ‘NSW will continue to monitor the situation relating to the Omicron variant and make any changes necessary.’
Non-Australian citizens from eight southern African countries – South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Malawi – have been banned from travelling to Australia.
Australians who have been in those countries have to quarantine for 14 days in a health facility on arrival in Australia.
All international arrivals must spend 72 hours in isolation at their home or accommodation after touching down in Australia.
A second charted flight of another 250 International students is due to arrive in Sydney on Christmas eve and more flights are scheduled every two weeks after that.
Before getting on a plane to Australia, the students must be fully vaccinated, with an Australian approved vaccine.