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May 19, 2022

Should I be vaccinated to travel to Australia?

All visa holders are now able to come to Australia by meeting some conditions, which include the COVID 19 vaccine. We will talk about that in this blog post. 

Whether you plan to come to study, work or as a tourist, you should be fully vaccinated (check the definition below). However, eligible applicants can be exempted only if they meet specific requirements. 

We recommend having a look at the following conditions before booking your travel:

Fully vaccinated: What does that mean?

You are considered to be fully vaccinated if you have completed a primary course of a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This includes mixed doses.

Vaccines approved for use in Australia

TGA recognise all vaccines that are provisionally approved in Australia. These include:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Spikevax or Takeda (Moderna)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Janssen)
  • Nuvaxovid (Biocelect on behalf of Novavax).

Vaccines recognised for the purpose of travel to Australia

  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India)
  • BBIBP-CorV (Sinopharm China)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya Research Institute)

Current approved or recognised vaccines and dosages accepted for the purposes of international travel are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V
    • Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 


  • One dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

and at least 7 days has passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation.


COVID 19 vaccine: Exemptions in Australia

If you cannot be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, you must provide acceptable evidence of a medical contraindication.

If you provide acceptable evidence, you will be able to travel under the same travel arrangements as vaccinated travellers. 


What a Digital Passenger Declaration is?

All passengers arriving into Australia should complete the DPD. You can start a DPD seven days before your flight, but you must submit it before you depart for Australia. 

When filling out the DPD, you will need to make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status.

Should I get tested before traveling?

Australia does not require you to undertake any pre-departure COVID-19 testing to enter, leave or transit Australia.

You are responsible for checking testing and proof of vaccination requirements for the airlines or vessel operator you travel with and all countries you travel to and transit through.

Most states and territories require you to take a COVID-19 test soon after arriving. We suggest checking state and territory arrival requirements.




Are you planning to come to Australia but unsure about where to start at? Talk to our team TODAY!

Send us a message at infopoint@atlasmigration.com


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