The first flight carrying foreign students under the NSW international student arrivals pilot plan will fly into Sydney on Monday, December 6.
The will be about 250 students on board, from countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, China and Canada.
A second flight will carry students from India and other countries in South Asia.  
Students who are double vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine will not be required to go into isolation after they land.
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“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,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
“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.”
Before the pandemic, there were almost 290,000 international students studying in NSW, helping to support more than 95,000 full-time jobs. 
Students will need federal government approval before flying to NSW.
“I welcome continued collaboration with the Commonwealth Government in supporting international students as they return to NSW,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, Western Sydney, Trade and Industry, Stuart Ayres said.
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“This sends a clear message about how much NSW values our international students.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, speaking at the Australian Indian Community Centre in Rowville, Victoria, on Friday said he was looking forward to the return of Indian students.  
“We’ve recognised, of course, the many Indian manufactured vaccines, through the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and that will be facilitating the return of Indian students and Indian travellers to Australia, I think soon,” Mr Morrison said. 
“As you know, we expanded the definition of immediate family, which I know was very important to the Indian community, who had been separated from their parents for some period of time. 
“I’m so pleased that we made that change and I suspect many were able to be here and be together for family while Diwali was on as well.” 

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