Proof of vaccination

For travel into and out of Australia, travellers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Find out what type of proof you need.

Definition of fully vaccinated

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) have developed guidance on the definition of fully vaccinated.

You are considered fully vaccinated for international travel purposes if you have completed a course, including a mixed dose schedule, of TGA approved or recognised vaccines. All inbound travellers must declare their vaccination status to enter Australia and provide appropriate proof, such as an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC).

Vaccination requirements for travellers to Australia are separate from ATAGI’s advice on vaccination for Australians. Individuals aged 16 years and over are up to date after completing an appropriate primary course of a TGA approved or recognised vaccine, followed by a booster dose 3 months after completion of their primary course. Children and adolescents aged 5-15 years are up to date after completing an appropriate primary course of a TGA approved or recognised vaccine, A booster dose is not currently recommended for this age group.

While in Australia, travellers must continue to meet the relevant vaccination requirements of the state or territory they are in. This may include being up to date[1] to participate in public and social activities. This may also include accessing a booster. Check the relevant state or territory websites for current requirements.

You must have had your final dose at least 7 days before travelling.

Australians travelling internationally

Australian citizens and permanent residents must provide proof of vaccination status if requested by a relevant official when exiting Australia, and Australian residents seeking to enter Australia must declare their vaccination status.

If you are vaccinated, you must present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the airline or vessel staff when checking in for your travel to Australia.

If you were vaccinated in Australia, you can get your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) from the MyGov portal.

If you are in Australia but were vaccinated overseas with a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine, you may be able to access an ICVC. If you are unable to access an ICVC you can present a foreign vaccination certificate.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who cannot be vaccinated and have an exemption or medical contraindication, are treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel. Learn more about vaccination exemptions and medical contraindications.

Travelling to Australia

International travellers to Australia (including Australians overseas) must declare their COVID-19 vaccination status to enter Australia and must be able to provide appropriate supporting evidence. Travellers may need to present this at check-in for their travel to Australia.

If you are vaccinated, you must present your COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the airline or vessel staff when checking-in for your travel. You may also be requested to present it to border officials on arrival in Australia.

If you were vaccinated overseas your COVID-19 vaccination certificate must:

  • be issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • in English or accompanied by a certified translation, and contain:
    • your name as it appears in your passport
    • your date of birth, passport number, or national identity number 
    • the vaccine’s brand name
    • the date of each dose or the date when the full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

International travellers leaving Australia must provide proof of vaccination status if requested by a government official when exiting.

For other travel requirements when coming to Australia, see COVID-19 and the border.

Departing Australia

Travellers leaving Australia must provide proof of vaccination status if requested by a relevant official when exiting Australia.

Vaccination and medical contraindications

Children

Children aged under 12 years and 3 months, as demonstrated by their passport, do not need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

States and territories may vary in their quarantine requirements for children. Check the relevant state or territory of your first arrival for applicable quarantine requirements.

Evidence of medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines

Travel to Australia

People who cannot be vaccinated need to have a medical certificate that indicates they have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines and cannot be vaccinated.

It is important that you follow the appropriate process, see the details below and in the Frequently asked Questions.

Medical contraindication – Australian citizens and permanent residents departing Australia

Travellers can have their medical contraindication recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and can access a COVID-19 Digital Certificate or immunisation history statement for travel purposes.   

Read the guidance on temporary medical conditions for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions.

Medical contraindication – Travellers coming to Australia

Travellers who do not have a medical contraindication recorded in the AIR must provide a medical certificate that shows they cannot be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine because of a medical condition.

The medical certificate must be provided by a registered medical practitioner, be written in English, and must include the following information:

  • your name as it appears in your passport
  • date of medical consultation and details of your medical practitioner
  • details that clearly outline that you cannot have a COVID-19 vaccine because of a medical condition which means you cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Requirements for medical contraindication

Medical conditions considered to be a contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination for the purpose of travel to Australia include:

Permanent exemptions

Previous anaphylaxis after a previous dose of a vaccine where no appropriate COVID-19 vaccine is available.

Temporary exemptions

For an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine:

  • inflammatory cardiac illness within the past 3 months including:
    • myocarditis or pericarditis
    • acute rheumatic fever
    • acute rheumatic heart disease
    • acute decompensated heart failure.

For all COVID-19 vaccines:

  • acute major medical condition
  • treatment with anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma therapy in the previous 90 days
  • any serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • if the person being vaccinated is a risk to themselves or others during the vaccination process – this may include a range of people with underlying developmental or mental health disorders.

Read the guidance on temporary medical conditions for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions.

Conditions not considered to be a contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination and not accepted for the purpose of a medical exemption to vaccination for travel to Australia:

  • chronic symptoms following COVID-19 ('Long COVID')
  • pregnancy
  • previous infection with COVID-19 (confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection).

People who have received non-TGA approved or recognised vaccines should not be certified in this category and cannot be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel.

Penalties apply for providing false and misleading information to a Government official when entering Australia. For more information, please see COVID-19 and the border Digital Passenger Declaration.

More information and frequently asked questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) frequently asked questions – International travellers

Find answers to frequently asked questions about travelling to and from Australia including pre-departure tests, vaccination status declarations and quarantine arrangements.

Last updated: 
12 May 2022

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