Coronavirus Update for International Students | EMSA Australia

Coronavirus Update – EMSA

Thank you for visiting and we hope that you stay safe, healthy and as mentally strong as possible during these uncertain times. We are literally all in this together and the information below is designed to help you navigate what’s happening.

As information continues to become available regarding the increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia, we wanted to provide you with a source of links to keep you updated about the situation for international students and temporary visa holders in Australia.

The situation is constantly changing so providing links below will allow you to stay up to date with the latest information. We will update this page as more information comes to hand.

We have also put together a general migration form where you can submit your general questions and our team of migration agents will answer them live (You will receive an email with an update about when will be answered online so stay tuned).

To send your enquiry, please submit it here.

Latest update: Federal government considering payment to foreign workers and international students. Visit article here.

Australian border closed to non Australian citizens and residents from 9pm Friday 20th of March 2020. More information on the Home Affairs website.

The above page has updated information on visas, border closure and up to date news an information for international students and visa holders.

Federal and state government

The State and Australian governments health departments continue to effectively manage and contain the impact of this virus for Australians and international visitors. 

These government agencies regularly update travel advice including the issuance of alerts as new information emerges.

Please refer to the following links for further information:

Australia has a first-class health system which includes mechanisms for early detection and the effective management of cases and contacts.

Schools and universities

As of the 18th of March, the Australian Government reaffirmed its position to keep all schools and education institutions open.

Many schools and universities are moving classes online. It’s important as international students that you maintain your course process to avoid any future issues with your visa.

For students at specific schools, you should contact your education provider to find out how they will be dealing with potential shutdowns or online classes.

Information on individual universities response to Covid-19 are here.

Student health insurance policies – Covid-19

A link to each insurers’ information regarding COVID-19 is offered below. 

Student Jobs

Student Support


Please be aware that scammers are taking advantage of the current Coronavirus situation through fake online ads.

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Stress and anxiety – Calm

Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. We’re feeling it too, and we wanted to share some of the tools we’re using to take care of our minds and stay grounded.

All of the resources on this page are free of charge — please share with anyone who might benefit.

Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. And check back soon as we’ll be updating these resources regularly.

EMSA OFFICES – Australia

Brisbane office – closed

Gold Coast office – closed

Melbourne office – closed

Phone: 07 3733-1566

Migration Enquiries

Submit your question and get notified once will be answered.