Australia travel exemption

Chancellor Claudia Blum signed visa waiver agreement


So it’s time to pack your bags, start saying goodbye to your family and friends to start your international project in Australia. And if the uncertainty made you think about postponing the paperwork and your trip, leave those ideas behind: this is the time for you to start your process with confidence!

In order for you to have everything clearer and to reactivate your international academic project with confidence, we have prepared an abc of everything you need to know about Australia’s open borders for international students.

All international students who are eligible visa holders and are fully vaccinated (if your vaccination requires two doses, you must have both). Similarly, humanitarian workers, skilled workers, temporary family visa holders and working holiday visa holders will be able to enter the country.

Although the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, had announced that as of December 1, 2021, all student visa holders who are fully vaccinated would be able to travel to Australia without the need to apply for a travel exemption, this decision had to be postponed until December 15, 2021.


Because it is the electronic system in which the electronic authorization is requested and the affirmative or negative answer is received If you do not apply for ESTA, there is no possibility of traveling to the USA using the Visa Waiver Program.

It should be a responsible attitude in terms of fully complying with the period of stay: no more than 90 days each time and for the exclusively authorized reasons: tourism, business and transit. In the event that these conditions are not met, Chile’s stability in the Visa Waiver Program will be harmed.


Appointments for SCHENGEN visa applications (up to 90 days, only for citizens of countries without Schengen Agreement – Chilean citizens do NOT require SCHENGEN visa) must be scheduled via the Prior Appointment System.

Official invitation letter or document from the organizer of the cultural/sporting/vocational/educational/research event or letter of acceptance from the university/institution in the destination country with stamp and signature.

The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data between Schengen member states with the aim of streamlining visa processing procedures, facilitating external border controls and increasing security, also for the applicant.

Chileans will no longer need a visa to travel to the United States

The response to your request will be sent by e-mail to the address you have indicated in the form. The response time varies from a few minutes to a few hours, with a maximum of 72 hours.

Therefore, it may be tempting to apply for an eVisitor shortly before your trip. However, we advise you to submit your application a little earlier to avoid a possible denial or a problem delaying your procedure. Also check that your passport is valid at the time of application and at the time of travel.

Several types of problems can be responsible for not receiving your eVisa or at least a positive or negative response to an online application. The first relates to the e-mail address provided when filling out the online form. If you have the wrong address or made a mistake when entering your e-mail address, you may not have received your visa which, we remind you, is only sent to you electronically. In other cases, your mail server may not recognize the response from the Australian authorities as an official document and may have mistakenly placed it in your spam or junk mail folder. Check both folders. If the email does not appear, feel free to check the status of your application online.

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