Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates

At Australia’s border more favourable entry rules apply to certain arriving travellers who can prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To benefit from these arrangements, travellers vaccinated in Australia need to present an Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Travellers vaccinated in other countries can present certificates in formats that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Containing at a minimum:
    • name as it appears in the traveller's passport*
    • date of birth or passport number or national identity number**
    • the vaccine brand name, and
    • the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

* If the name on the vaccination certificate differs from the name on the passport, including a name on an Australian passport, the traveller will need to show some evidence of being the certificate’s rightful holder, such as a driver licence or marriage certificate.

** If a certificate contains only a national identity number, and if that number does not appear in the traveller’s passport, then the traveller needs to show a national identity card that matches the identity number and name on the vaccination certificate.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

For travellers to qualify as fully vaccinated for the purposes of travel into Australia their certificates must show vaccines approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages accepted for travel are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna (Spikevax or Takeda)
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV
    • Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V
    • Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

Seven days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. See the additional guidance on Sinopharm and Sputnik brand names below.

Travellers who have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the purposes of travel into Australia.

All children aged under 12 years and three months count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Special arrangements apply for certain returning Australian children aged 12-17 years who are not fully vaccinated.

Travellers who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a medical condition need to provide evidence as outlined on the Department of Health website. They should also check any requirements, particularly quarantine requirements, in the state or territory to which they are travelling.

The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future. Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.

Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Passport Office, are not in a position to confirm whether individual foreign vaccination certificates meet these requirements. Please do not send in your foreign vaccination certificate asking us to validate or verify it.

Shortened brand names

Some certificates shorten the name of a vaccine brand compared to how it appears in the list above.  For instance, some certificates refer only to ‘Biontech’, ‘Comirnaty’, ‘AstraZeneca’ or ‘Johnson & Johnson’. This is acceptable.

A certificate is not acceptable if it includes the name or part name of a vaccine not currently approved or recognised by the TGA.

Special rules apply for Sinopharm brand names (see below).

Sinopharm brand names

There are two kinds of Sinopharm vaccine. One is from Beijing and more widely used internationally one from Wuhan which is used only in China and the Philippines.

Only the Beijing vaccine is recognised by the TGA. It comes from the Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products (BBIBP), also known as the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BIBP).

The brand name on a certificate shows the Beijing version, and is acceptable, if it meets the following criteria::

  • contains the expressions ‘BBIBP’ or ‘BIBP’
  • spells out BBIBP or BIBP
  • contains the words ‘Sinopharm’ and ‘Beijing’, or
  • contains the trade name ‘Covilo’.

Sinopharm brand names can also include other expressions such as ‘CNBG’, ‘Cor‑V’ and ‘Vero Cells’. These are not relevant to whether the vaccine is recognised by the TGA.

Examples of brand names that meet the above criteria and are acceptable include:

  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV
  • Sinopharm BBIBP
  • Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products
  • Beijing Institute of Biological Products
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinopharm BIBP-CorV
  • Sinopharm CNBG BBIBP
  • Sinopharm CNBG BIBP
  • Sinopharm Covid Vaccine BIBP
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • BBIBP-CorV
  • BBIBP (Vero Cells)
  • BIBP
  • BIBP-CorV
  • Sinopharm Covilo
  • Covilo

There are many possible combinations – this list is not exhaustive. Any brand name that meets the above criteria is acceptable

Examples of brand names that do not meet the above criteria and are unacceptable include:

  • Sinopharm WIBP
  • Sinopharm Wuhan

‘Sinopharm’ by itself on a certificate is acceptable as long as the dose was not administered in China or the Philippines (the two countries which use the Wuhan vaccine). Vaccinations administered in China or the Philippines that are described only as ‘Sinopharm’ are not acceptable on a certificate because there is no way of telling whether the holder has received the Beijing or Wuhan vaccine.

Sputnik brand names

A vaccination is not acceptable if it says ‘Sputnik Light’.