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Vaccination certificates for travel - FAQs

COVID-19: Vaccination certificates for travel - FAQs

Page Last Updated:  3 December 2021, 8:30am
 
 

Q: How will travellers prove they're fully vaccinated?

By presenting either an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or a vaccination certificate issued in a foreign country. Travellers who present a foreign vaccination certificate will also make a legally binding attestation in their Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) that the certificate is true and that they are fully vaccinated.

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Q: What does my vaccination certificate need to include?

Foreign certificates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider.  
  • Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.
  • Certificates must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation. 
  • Certificates must include at a minimum:
    -  name as it appears in the traveller's passport
    -  either date of birth or passport number
    -  the vaccine brand name, and
    -  the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

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Q: My Hong Kong vaccination certificate does not include my Australian Passport number or date of birth, can I still use it to travel to Australia? 

Foreign certificates need to include either your date of birth or passport number.

While your printed certificate may not include your date of birth, your e-health vaccination record will. If you would like to obtain a new printed certificate, you should bring your identification documents and proof of travel two weeks before you depart to a vaccination centre or hospital/private clinic where you received your vaccine.  Further information is available here: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202109/24/P2021092400469.htm

Q: What if the certificate doesn't show the entire name that's in the passport?

Some certificates truncate names or don't include middle names. That's not a problem. As long as the name on the certificate is not materially different to the name in the passport it is acceptable.

 

Q: What if the name in a vaccination certificate is materially different to the passport name?

The traveller will need to provide evidence of being the person named on the certificate, such as a marriage certificate, driver licence or national identity card.

Q: Will my vaccine be recognised?

To qualify as fully vaccinated, you need to have had a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are:

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for ages 18-60 only)

Or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

A traveller will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if administered when the traveller was aged from 18 to 60 years. See the additional guidance on Sinopharm brand names.

Travellers who have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule do not meet Australia's definition of ‘fully vaccinated’. The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purpose of inbound travel to Australia in the future. Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website: https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccines.

Q: What if the certificate doesn't show the entire name of the vaccine?

Some certificates truncate the name of a vaccine brand compared to how it appears in the list above. For instance, certificates might refer only to ‘Biontech’, ‘Comirnaty’, ‘AstraZeneca’ or ‘Johnson & Johnson’. This is acceptable. A certificate is not acceptable if it includes the name or part name of a vaccine not currently approved or recognised by the TGA.

Q: How do I get the Australian internationally recognised proof of vaccination document?

Australia's International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate  (ICVC) was made available to the public on 19 October 2021.

Travellers eligible for the ICVC can use it immediately if they are overseas and have their vaccination status recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register.

If you were vaccinated overseas and can't get an ICVC yet, when travelling to Australia you can use your foreign vaccination certificate.

Q: I was vaccinated overseas and I still haven't returned to Australia, can I still register my vaccination on the Australian Immunisation Register?

If you’ve received your vaccinations overseas, an Australian health professional can add them to the AIR when you return. To find out how, go to the Services Australia website.

If you're currently overseas and can't apply for the international certificate, you can use a foreign COVID-19 vaccination certificate to prove your vaccination status, including when travelling to Australia. More details to follow.

Q: What if I've recovered from COVID with only one vaccine dose of a two-dose course?

Australia's definition of fully vaccinated doesn't include this scenario. Travellers will not meet the definition of fully vaccinated unless they've received a full course of vaccine, are under 12 years of age or are medically exempt.

It is important that people who have had COVID-19 get vaccinated when it is safe to do so.

Q: What if I'm medically unable to be vaccinated, will I be able to travel to Australia and not quarantine?

If you can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, you’ll be treated the same as a vaccinated person for the purposes of travel.

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident returning from overseas who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you should check any requirements, particularly quarantine requirements, in the state or territory to which you are travelling as this will impact your travel arrangements. You will need to provide a medical certificate that indicates you are unable to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine because of a medical condition; the medical certificate must include the following information:

  • your name (this must match your travel identification documents)
  • date of medical consultation and details of your medical practitioner
  • details that clearly acknowledge that you have a medical condition which means you cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination (vaccination is contraindicated). 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.

Q: What if my child under 12 isn't vaccinated?

All children aged under 12 are subject to the same rules as travellers who are fully vaccinated.

Q: What about 12-17 year-olds who have only received one vaccination?

Australia has decided to vaccinate children aged 12 years and over in the same way as adults. That's why Australia's definition requires them to be fully vaccinated.

Currently only New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have agreed to apply an exemption for those Australians aged 12–17 to arrive from overseas who do not meet the criteria for fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Australian children aged 12-17 years old entering Australia through New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory will be exempt from passenger caps and eligible for reduced quarantine requirements. Where a child is travelling with parent/guardians who are all fully vaccinated, the entire family will be able to travel outside of passenger caps.

The affected adolescents will be required to:

  • undertake a test within 24 hours of arrival into Australia
  • quarantine at home for 7 days. A second test will be required on day 5 prior to completion of quarantine
  • may attend school after completing 7 days home quarantine.

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If the child is travelling with unvaccinated adult family members, then the entire family group will be subject to managed quarantine and passenger caps.