The New South Wales Government has confirmed that the first batch of international students from India will touch down in Sydney on 24 December.
In line with the quarantine requirements for returning Australians, fully vaccinated students from India will no longer need to undertake quarantine upon their arrival.
Australia has exhibited a pragmatic approach by recognising the two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, which are being administered in India.
This will be the second chartered plane to arrive in the state, bringing back students who have been stranded overseas due to COVID-prompted border restrictions.
Thuis, international students now have a pathway to return to campuses in NSW through the state's pilot plan, which will bring back a limited number of students, followed by an evaluation before scaling to larger intakes.
Announcing the change to travel restrictions for overseas students, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on 12 November said international education plays a vital role in connecting the state to the world.
He said almost 290,000 students were studying in NSW 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.
"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," Mr Perrottet said
Indian Weekender has been receving numerous requests and distress calls from Indian Students enrolled in New Zealand universities and currently stranded in India.
These students are at the edge of their patience and are hoping that New Zealand government will also follow the Australian model and allow them back into the country.
Though ninety nine countries have accepted covaxin and covishield, New Zealand is yet to recognise them.
Apart from the issue of vaccine recognition, New Zealand is yet to remove India from the "red list" of high risk countries, despite the fact that daily Covid cases in Auckland are roughly five times that of the daily cases in New Delhi.
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