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How to get your vaccination recognised overseas

Australians and Australian visa holders who have a valid passport and their COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register will be able to obtain an international COVID-19 proof of vaccination from tomorrow (19 October 2021). 


The international proof of vaccination features a secure QR code to prove COVID-19 vaccination status to border authorities around the world and is set to “increase a person’s ability to travel safely and with confidence,” Tourism minister Dan Tehan said in a joint ministerial statement released today.



Aside from the QR code, the certificate contains a unique vaccination certificate identifier, the holders’ name, date of birth, gender, passport number, vaccination history, and signature information for authentication purposes.


According to the government, requesting an international certificate is “free and easy”. Those eligible, simply need to access their Medicare account through myGov, or via the Medicare Express app.


Then it is a matter of either downloading the certificate digitally or printing it. Most travellers will likely want to do both. 


The certificate is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass and utilises Visible Digital Seal technology making it as secure as an Australian passport, and authenticated in the same way.


The international certificate meets the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and conforms with World Health Organisation guidance.


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Published: 18 October 2021

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