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Mark McGowan Backflips On Border Decision For International Students

After previously confirming the Western Australia border would reopen on February 5th, the premier overturned the decision. However, he is now allowing international students to enter the state.

Backflipping on his decision to refuse entry to international students, the premier has now confirmed international students may enter the state, provided they show proof of vaccination and quarantine for 14 days once they arrive.

Thousands of international students were caught in limbo by the premier’s latest border shutdown, sensationally scrapping the February 5 reopening date due to the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.

The government quietly released the change by releasing a document on Tuesday named Returning Students Directions (No 2).

The direction states: “These directions set out the requirements that apply to returning students and are for the purpose of preventing the importation of Covid-19 into Western Australia and otherwise limiting the spread of Covid-19 into Western Australia,”

All students must also get tested on the first and 12th day of quarantine.

“It may be an offence not to comply with any of these directions, punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 months or a fine of up to $50,000 for an individual or $250,000 for a body corporate,” the document reads.

However, it is not yet clear whether the Returning Students Directions applies only to returning students or whether it will allow new international students into the country to begin their studies this year.