Coronavirus in Australia

Access to superannuation also for backpackers and international students

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We already have detailed information about that new regulations for Working Holiday Visa Holders and international students reported in Australia due to the Corona crisis. In many groups and discussions one could read that backpackers and international students have no access to their superannuation. We asked more precisely and it was officially confirmed that backpackers and international students can also access their superannuation tax-free under certain conditions. Upon request, holders of a temporary visa (with working rights) can receive up to AUD 10.000 tax-free from their superannuation account.

In our Facebook group around Work & Travel in Australia we have summarized all further information. There you will soon find a free guide for applying for the superannuation as a backpacker or international student.

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Here you will find further information on the development of the corona virus. Keep up to date and keep yourself informed on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

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Info pages of the most common foreign health insurance providers

Statements from various ERASMUS networks on COVID-19:

Work and Travel Visa FAQ

There is a 14-day self-isolation obligation upon entry, which you should definitely follow. Violators face fines of up to AUD 17.000 or up to 6 months in prison.


If you are not yet in Australia, you can no longer enter Australia with the Working Holiday Visa (Work & Travel) until further notice.

There is no minimum duration.

The entry ban was initially introduced for an indefinite period. How the situation is developing worldwide is being observed closely. It is not yet possible to predict when the entry requirements will be relaxed again.


If you are already in the country, you do not have to leave as long as you meet the visa requirements.


Yes, you can of course leave the country. However, it is currently not easy to find a suitable flight. Many flights were canceled and airlines have largely stopped operating. The few flights available are extremely expensive.

7News Contribution to Australia's Border Closure


This article is updated and expanded regularly. No liability is assumed for the correctness and completeness of this compilation of information and links. For more detailed information, please contact the Foreign Office. We have also set up a Facebook group where we offer help for all work & travelers, students and au pairs abroad whose stay abroad has been affected by COVID-19. Regardless of whether you are already abroad or still planning. Join our group and stay up to date.

Support others! Do good in difficult times!

Worldwide, the Corona virus is reported almost exclusively. The devastating bush fires in Australia seem to have long been forgotten. Nevertheless, there are still many construction sites here and there is above all a lack of financial support for non-profit organizations. We want to help and you can too!

Have you booked your Work & Travel adventure through a Work & Travel organization? Take 5 minutes and give a short, free review about the organization. You are not only helping other adventurers to find a suitable organization, you are also supporting a good cause! For every rating we give, we donate 10 cents to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast in Australia. In addition, we are giving away Amazon vouchers under all ratings.

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