Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Travel and study in the EU

10/05/2018 - 13:30
Travel to the EU

Australians can enjoy travel and educational opportunities within the European Union as evidenced by the range of joint educational activities available, along with simplified travel procedures.


The Council of the European Union has adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the European Union. From 1 July 2020, travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, including Australia. 

Further information: Travel and transportation during the coronavirus pandemic

* Australian citizens and residents are still not permitted to travel overseas without an exemption from the Australian Government.



Australian passport holders enjoy simplified travel procedures when travelling to the European Union and also benefit from a wide range of educational opportunities available to them. If you hold an Australian passport, you will not require a visa to enter the EU as long as your stay is no longer than 90 days within any 180 day period.

If you are not an Australian passport holder you may need to obtain a "Schengen Visa". Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions to obtain further information.

The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU. It is an area without internal borders, an area within which citizens, many non-EU nationals, business people and tourists can freely circulate without being subjected to border checks. Since 1985, it has gradually grown and encompasses today almost all EU States and a few associated non-EU countries.

The short-stay calculator can be used for calculating the period of allowed stay under the new rules. The Users Guide contains information on the new rules, the use of the calcul ator and practical examples.

In case of a crisis, you should try to obtain as much information as possible about the development of the crisis through Australian news broadcasts. You should be aware of any particular instructions or advice issued by your Embassy. In the case of certain EU Member States' Embassies, this may be found on the Embassy's website. 

The EU and Australia have a vibrant, longstanding relationship in the field of education that is further strengthened by the EU-Australia Framework Agreement. 

Erasmus + is the EU's programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.  The international dimension of the Programme focuses on higher education and youth.

In higher education there are three programs that offer opportunities to Australian students, academics and staff.

The International Credit Mobility Scheme funds student mobility between 3-12 months in both directions to obtain credits in a host institution that  are then recognised by the home institution.  This scheme also funds staff mobility of up to 2 months to and from the participating universities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of inter-institutional agreements between universities.  See more here

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees are offered by consortia of EU and non-EU universities. The scheme provides high-level scholarships to students and staff from anywhere in the world to participate in the EM Joint Master Degrees. The Degree programs offer mobility to at least two different European countries. See more here

Jean Monnet activities support academic teaching and research (Chairs, modules, centres of excellence, cooperation projects, conferences and publications) in the field of EU Studies. Postgraduate level courses on EU issues or promoting debate and exchanges on EU policy priorities are examples of activities that can be supported.  See more here.


  • Study in Europe
  • Access the Study in Europe booklet prepared by the EU Delegation in Canberra specifically for Australians here.


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