International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

Did You Hear,

Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible visa holders who are fully vaccinated can travel without an exemption

To & From Australia starting 1st December 2021


This brings us to our today’s topic to know about how to get your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) and also what are the conditions related to it.

The eligible visa holders that we said above consist of the following subclass visa categories:

Subclass - 200 to 204, 300, 400, 403, 407, 408, 417, 449, 457, 461, 462, 476, 482, 485, 489, 491, 494, 500, 580, 590, 785, 790, 870, and 988. 

We are going to dive a little deep into the subclass 500 - Student Visa Category.

Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders and especially, international students can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. 

However, they would be needing to keep a valid and adequate International Student Health Cover as mandated by the Department of Home Affairs.

OSHC for Australia is a must for existing and aspiring students who wish to pursue higher education in Australia. As we all know that, Australia did not lift the travel ban as opposed to the rest of the developed nations.

But, how these students and other eligible visa holders will be able to travel to Australia?

Would a vaccination certificate suffice or do they still need to quarantine themselves? Moreover, any specific vaccine?

Well of course,

The Australian government has laid some ground rules for the same. Let’s have a look at the exemptions, exceptions, and arrangements for the International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC).

Certified Vaccines

The Australian government has allowed traveling people who have completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognized vaccine. These are listed below:

Two doses at least 14 days apart:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield
  • Pfizer/Biotech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60-year-old).

Or one dose of :

Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

One will be considered fully vaccinated if at least 7 days have passed since the final dose of the vaccine.

Exceptions & Arrangements

Exceptions and arrangements have been specifically stated for travelers who are not vaccinated due to medical purposes and for children under 12.

Such travelers will be allowed with acceptable proof of medical exemption whereas, children under 12 can access the same arrangements as fully vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.

What is International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

To meet the international travel standards, the Australian government has developed the international certificate which is a secure record of your vaccinations allowing you to travel overseas.

To Get it, you’ll Require The Following Things:

  1. a current Australian passport or foreign passport with an Australian visa
  2. at least one COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunization Register

How To Get Your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC)?

The Australian healthcare system is commonly known as Medicare accessible by Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Eligible For Medicare:

With your current Australian passport, or foreign passport with an Australian visa can get the international certificate using either:

  • your Medicare online account
  • The Express Plus Medicare Mobile App

Not Eligible For Medicare:

In a situation, where you can’t go online or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your international certificate once you’ve had a COVID-19 vaccination and it’s been reported to AIR (Australian Immunization Register).

When To Contact AIR:

Your Name Doesn’t Match

  • If your name details do not match with the one on your passport then you’ll need to contact AIR.

Only Have One Name

  • If you only have one name on your passport, you’ll need to contact the AIR to get your certificate

Your Country Code or Batch Number Needs Updating

You will only receive your international certificate once your vaccination provider will report your vaccinations to the AIR. When they do, they also need to report a country code.

Along with this, they also have to record your vaccine batch number correctly.

If your details aren’t matching or are incorrect, you need to convey this to your vaccination provider to update them on the AIR. 

Students who couldn’t travel to Australia due to COVID-19 have for long continued to study through online mediums. However, with the new update, they and other eligible visa holders can easily travel to Australia starting 1st December 2021.

Meanwhile, do not forget to check your International Student Health Cover and if need, get it renewed with your desired OSHC provider. You can choose from either of the ones mentioned below:

  1. Ahm OSHC
  2. Allianz OSHC
  4. OSHC Nib
  5. OSHC Medibank

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