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In an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Malaysia, beginning 24th July 2020, has decided that all individuals entering Malaysia from abroad will be subjected to compulsory quarantine orders at the Quarantine Stations set by the Government of Malaysia.

All individuals must bear 100% of the cost of quarantine.
All individuals travelling to Malaysia must complete and submit the Loan and Indemnity Letter (LoU) along with a copy of their passport via email to the Consulate General of Malaysia, Melbourne, at least three (3) days before the date of departure.
Subject to approval, the Consulate will issue the Letter of Permission via email to the applicant. The letter will have a validity of one (1) month.
The LoU and letter of approval from the Consulate must be submitted during the flight / public transport check-in process.
Failure to submit this letter may result in the person being denied permission to board the aircraft, or other public transportation.
For entry by road, failure to submit the document will complicate the process of entry into Malaysia.
Upon arrival in Malaysia, the LoU will be witnessed upon presentation to the NADMA officer.
All individuals travelling to Malaysia must download the MySejahtera app and fill in your personal details in the app.
Although individuals entering Malaysia no longer require to undergo a swab test prior to their arrival, we recommend for you to contact your airline carrier for further requirements outlined by the airline carrier to board.
Upon Arrival in Malaysia, all individuals must undergo health screening. The health screening process includes sample taking for the COVID-19 swab tests. Individuals with negative results will be sent to designated Government Quarantine Centers for quarantine for 14 Days.
Individuals with positive results will be sent to the hospital.
Can download Loan and Indemnity Letter (LoU) from this link: https://www.masca.org.au/quarantine-process-in-malaysia
Melbourne moves to stage 4 lockdown until at least 13 September.
Here are the key stage 4 restrictions:
- A state of disaster has been declared and Melbourne moves into stage four restrictions from 6pm tonight.
- More restrictions on work will be announced tomorrow.
- Melbourne will be under a curfew from 8pm to 5am every day for the next six weeks.
- Only one person per household will be allowed to go shopping per day.
- People cannot travel more than 5km from their house.
- Exercise is limited to one hour a day and capped at two people.
- Schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels. Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in our specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday.
- From Thursday, those same rules for schools will apply to Melbourne’s kinder and early childhood education services.
- Night Network will be suspended, and public transport services will be reduced during curfew hours.
- Study at TAFE and uni must be done remotely.
- From Wednesday at 11:59pm, weddings in Melbourne cannot occur.
- Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.
- Regional Victoria will move to stage 3 on Wednesday which means delivery and takeaway only for restaurants and cafes, beauty and personal services to close, community sport to stop.
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Fee waiver for student visa for international students is now available for lodgement.
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/1545.pdf
New restriction in Queensland
- Can have a maximum of 10 visitors in your home, including the members of the household
- Can have public gatherings with a maximum of 10 people
- The regions affected by the new restrictions are: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim, Somerset Region, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Redland City
- For areas outside of the listed areas, you can have a maximum of 30 people in your home and can have public gatherings of 30 people
Stage 4 Lockdown in Victoria will be extended for two weeks with some changes in restrictions. Updated Stage 4 Restriction in Victoria (In effect from 14 September until 28 September)
- The curfew across metropolitan Melbourne will be eased to 9pm to 5am
- Exercise will be increased from one permitted hour per day to two
- If you live alone or are a single parent with all your children under 18 you will be able to have 1 nominated visitor to your home (5km radius rule will not apply here)
- Playgrounds will reopen
- Public outdoor gatherings of two people will be allowed or a household for up to two hours, not the one hour of exercise
* Information gathered from ABC News, Department of Health and Human Services and 7News websites
Migration Visa Amendments
The Australian Government has legislated COVID-19 Concessions amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 (As of 18 September 2020)

Visa Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa
- Can be applied and granted offshore starting 18 September (Subject to other criteria being met)
- Extension of period between completing study and applying for the Subclass 485 visa from 6 months to 12 months for applicants prevented from returning to Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions (Only applies to those not in Australia from period between 1 February 2020 to 19 September 2019)
- International students who may be affected by ongoing or future travel restrictions beyond 19 September will be able to apply offshore within 6 months of completion of their studies
- The start of the visa period will be from the day of arrival in Australia

Visa Subclass 887 Skilled Regional Visa
- Can apply and be granted for a Subclass 887 visa while outside Australia during a concession period
- Criteria requiring specified periods of residence amendment where the applicant is deemed to have lived in a specified regional area for six months, and therefore only needs to have actually lived in a specified regional area for 18 months, rather than two years (Only applies if applicant was outside of Australia during a concession period or applicant applied for the Subclass 887 visa outside Australia during the concession period)
- Criteria requiring specified periods of work full-time amendments where the requirements to work full-time has been reduced from 12 months to 9 months if the applicant held one of the qualifying provisional visas or related bridging visa during a concession period, provided that the application for the Subclass 887 visa is made no later than three months after the end of the concession period

For more information: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L01181/Explanatory%20Statement/Text?fbclid=IwAR2y6rwz172MLUFFGx28N_WGl3NKa0ESuZAFHH55yTg-HmHo8oFYlRuVTN8*
Update to Restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne (Changes apply from 28th September 2020)
- Shopping for essential goods (No limit to number of people from one household that can leave to shop for necessary goods)
- Curfew will no longer be in effect from 5am 28 September 2020
- Exercise (2 hours a day within 5km from home or permitted workplace, and can drive to undertake exercise)
- A household or a limit of 5 people from two households can meet outdoors for social interaction that is public

For more details can refer to: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7218427-Metro-Melb-Second-Step-1.html#document/p1
Restrictions in effect as of 11.59pm 18 October 2020 for Metropolitan Melbourne
- No time limit to leave the house for exercising or social purposes
- Travel distance will be changed from 5km to 25 km
- Outdoor gatherings will increase to 10 people from two households
- The following settings will be opened under COVIDsafe plans
1. Tennis
2. Skate parks
3. Golf
4. Hairdressers
- Real estate auctions will be open with a maximum of 10 people
- Commerical real estate inspections can occur
- Outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers
- Outdoor photography will be allowed
- All allied health professionals currently operating will be allowed to resume face-to-face care

Restrictions in effect as of 11.59pm 1st of November 2020 for Metropolitan Melbourne
- The four reasons to leave home policy will be removed
- A maximum of two people plus dependents will be able to visit your home at a time (Two adults and a child)
- The following will be open subject to conditions from 11.59pm 1st of November
1. Retail
2. Hospitality (A maximum of 20 people inside and 50 people outside)
3. Beauty and personal services will return
4 Contact sports for under 18 and non contact sports for adults will return
5. A maximum of 20 people allowed for outdoor religious gatherings
6. A maximum of 10 people allowed at weddings
7. A maximum of 20 mourners allowed at funerals
8. Outdoor seated entertainment can seat a maximum of 50 people or 25 percent of the venues fixed seat capacity

Sourced from: https://youtu.be/Czf44LTVLlw
Restriction changes in effect from 11.59pm 27 October 2020 for Metropolitan Melbourne
- All retail stores will reopen
- Restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars will reopen under COVID safe restrictions
- Beauty, personal services, tattooing will reopen
- Four reasons to leave home will be removed
- 25 km travel limit still in place
- Weddings increase to a max of 10 people
- Funerals increase to a max of 20 people
- Outdoor community sport for under 18s and outdoor non-contact sport for adults allowed

Sourced from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-26/melbourne-coronavirus-restrictions-daniel-andrews-lockdown/12812858