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February 21, 2022

Travel exemptions for unvaccinated visa holders in Australia

The Australian international borders are already open for everyone with the condition to have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, there are some exemptions. 

Planning to come to Australia but unable to get the Covid vaccine? The Government has announced a list of exemptions we will talk about below:

***Also, you can read: Assistance for Australian citizens and PR holders to obtain exemptions + tourist visas for their parents


What to consider before planning your trip?

If you were vaccinated overseas, you can use your foreign vaccination certificate when traveling to Australia.

If you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, you’ll need to provide proof to airline staff. Depending on what state or territory you arrive in, you may also be required to quarantine on return to Australia. 



What does fully vaccinated mean?

To be considered fully vaccinated for travel to and from Australia, you must have completed a course of a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This includes mixed doses.

☝️ Key to know! If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to submit a new travel exemption request for assessment.


Which are the approved vaccines by TGA?

  • Coronavac (Sinovac)
  • Covishield (AstraZeneca – Serum Institute of India)
  • BBIBP-CorV for people under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia (Sinopharm China)
  • Covaxin (Bharat Biotech)
  • Sputnik V (Gamaleya Research Institute)


***Related articles: Get to know your options to study in Australia in 2022


Before you travel

  • When you travel, you will need to carry proof of:
    • Your COVID-19 vaccination status
    • Your pre-departure travel declaration
    • Your negative pre-departure COVID-19 test
  • You may be required to quarantine upon arrival in Australia.


Do you need guidance to apply for a travel exemption? Let us help! Send us an email to infopoint@atlasmigration.com

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