International certification rolls out to prove vaccination status of travellers

By Jackson Graham

Monday October 18, 2021

Australians and visa holders can get the international certification if their vaccination is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register. 
Australians and visa holders can get the international certification if their vaccination is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.  (photopixel/Adobe)

An internationally recognised way of proving the COVID-19 vaccination status of travellers is being rolled out in Australia as opportunities to travel become a reality. 

From Tuesday, Australians and visa holders with a valid passport can obtain the international certification if their vaccination is recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register. 

The certification will enable fully vaccinated Australians to depart the nation and transit between countries.

It comes as travel is due to recommence without quarantine between New Zealand’s south island and Victoria and NSW from Tuesday. 

Travellers will download the proof of vaccination and use it digitally, or print it, and it is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps, the government says. 

It features a secure QR code to prove COVID-19 vaccination status to border authorities around the world.

“The visible digital seal technology within the international proof of vaccination is world-leading, it is as secure as an Australian passport, and authenticated in the same way,” a joint statement from federal ministers said. 

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

Australia is set to share the visible digital seal technology to assist other countries to develop their own certificates. 

“The launch of the international proof of vaccination is a key step towards safely reopening international borders and supporting Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery,” the statement said. 

People can request the certificate for free through myGov, or with the Medicare Express app. 

NSW premier Dominic Perrottet last week announced that home and hotel quarantine would end for vaccinated arrivals from November 1.


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