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 Digital health passports will help shape global travel in 2021

Digital health passports will help shape global travel in 2021

Given the pressing economic need for international travel to rebound in 2021, governments and companies are working together to develop ways for travellers to demonstrate that they are...

 Chinese border remains closed to foreign students

Chinese border remains closed to foreign students

China has been climbing the global table of leading study destinations over the past decade and is now the fifth-largest destination overall, after only the US, Australia, UK,...

 Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia’s foreign enrolment is projected to drop to 50% of current numbers in 2021 if borders remain closed to international arrivals, according to a new report from the...

 Biden presidency offers hope for both US educators and foreign students

Biden presidency offers hope for both US educators and foreign students

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s electoral win this past weekend in the United States is encouraging US educators to hope that a more favourable political...

 US investigation leads to arrests and revoked OPT work authorisations

US investigation leads to arrests and revoked OPT work authorisations

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week the results of a months-long investigation into fraud in the wildly popular optional practical training programme (OPT) for...

Canada shares list of institutions approved to welcome international students

The Government of Canada has published a list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that have had their COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their respective provincial or territorial government....

UK moving toward shorter quarantine period for travellers

The UK has a new cross-government Global Travel Taskforce headed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Transport. Its...

South African ELT schools ramping up operations after early border opening

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the first phases of the country’s border closures on 15 March 2020. Travel has been heavily restricted in the months since and...

UK will end ID card entry for EU juniors in 2021

As of 1 October 2021, students will no longer be able to use EU, EEA, or Swiss national ID cards to enter the UK and will require a...

Japan eases restrictions for international travellers, including students

Making a direct link between economic recovery and international travel, the Japanese government has moved to ease border restrictions in October with a further opening of borders anticipated...

Malaysia orders universities online and restricts foreign student entry

Malaysia’s universities were scheduled to fully reopen on 2 October. On that same day, and in the face of rapidly rising COVID counts, the Ministry of Higher Education...

New Zealand to allow first international students to return this year

The government of New Zealand has been rightly lauded for its approach to protecting citizens during the pandemic, and this has included an almost-total shutdown of the country’s...

Australia approves pilot to bring international students to Northern Territory

Australia has announced a second, federally approved pilot to bring international students back into the country under tightly controlled conditions, including two weeks of mandatory, supervised quarantine. There...

Canada to open border to international students

Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Friday that the country would re-open its borders to international students as of 20 October 2020. Effective that...

US administration plans fixed-term limits for international student visas

The US administration, through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has released a proposal for a new rule that would fundamentally change the visa regime for international students...