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Key Points

  • New guidance has been issued for travelers vaccinated outside of Australia


In preparation for the projected phased border reopening on November 1, 2021, Australia issued new guidance for vaccinated travelers outside of Australia. Travelers vaccinated in countries outside of Australia must present vaccination certificates that meet specific criteria found here.

Both paper and digital vaccination certificates will be accepted.

The traveler must have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to qualify as vaccinated. Currently approved vaccines include:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart for AstraZeneca Vaxevanis, AstraZeneca COVIDSHIELD, Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty, Moderna Spikevax, Sinovac Coronavac
  • A single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

What’s Changed?

Australia released new guidance concerning vaccination certificates for travelers vaccinated outside of the country.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Australia’s specifications for those travelers vaccinated outside of Australia are particularly relevant for inbound travelers and expatriates returning to assignment in Australia, assuming they are exempt from border closure. If those groups were vaccinated outside of Australia, the government links above might prove helpful.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the Australian government website for updates and Envoy’s website for additional information.

Sources: Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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