Verifying vaccination status

Information on how you can verify your vaccination status, including what do to if you are not vaccinated.

Students who are fully vaccinated and planning to travel to Australia, may have access to an Australian Government-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). If not, they will need to present a foreign-issued vaccination certificate instead to the airline they are travelling with.

Students travelling to Australia will need to make a legally binding declaration of their vaccination status (this is done through the ATD) and provide appropriate proof at check-in for their flight.

Please note that previous infection with COVID-19 is not considered a substitute for vaccination.

For more information on proof of vaccination refer to www.studyaustralia.gov.au/english/latest-travel-and-visa-advice/covid-19-vaccine-information/proof-of-vaccination.

ICVC authentication

Australia verifies whether someone is vaccinated by using an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. These are issued to Australian citizens but can also be obtained overseas by non-Australians before they enter Australia.

The International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC)’s QR code is scanned (by the staff of the airline you are flying with) using an app.

If the app reports that the QR code is ‘Not a VDSNC’, or if the “Check failed” screen appears then the airline must not accept the certificate, which means the passenger will not count as ‘fully vaccinated’. The same applies if an industry app provides a similar message.

The QR code on an ICVC is larger than most, and can easily be read by recent model smartphones and devices. If students have an ICVC, they’re urged to keep a few hard copies as well as a digital record in case it becomes difficult for the airline to scan the QR code.

If the paper QR code is unreadable, students will be asked to print the certificate again from a digital source.

If students are vaccinated within Australia and the QR code is unreadable on the printed document, they'll be asked to either: print a new ICVC, contact the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) on 1800 653 809, or show the QR code from a mobile device (please note, reading an ICVC QR code from a mobile device produces the best results).

Pre-departure testing

The Australian Government no longer requires people travelling to Australia to have a COVID-19 test before travel.

However, you will still need to check that you meet the requirements of your airline and any countries you transit through.

Digital Passenger Declaration

All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the Digital Passenger Declaration. You can start a DPD seven (7) days before your flight to Australia, but you must submit it before your departure.

The DPD contains declarations that are considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft. If you fail to comply with the requirement, a financial penalty may apply (currently $6,660 AUD). If you do not make the declaration before you board your flight, you may also be delayed when arriving in Australia.

Please see the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on coming to Australia and the DPD.

Coming to Australia (for unvaccinated students)

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.

If you are planning on traveling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions. States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions.

You are responsible for complying with travel restrictions and requirements that apply to you.

If you are granted a travel exemption, arrive in Australia and then you would like to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be able to get vaccinated FREE with an Australian-approved vaccine.

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