Using your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate overseas

Will I be exempt from quarantine overseas if I’ve got an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

Your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate is a secure and trusted means of proving your COVID-19 vaccination history. But whether that history meets local public health requirements is up to authorities in the countries you visit. Some destinations:

  • do not exempt vaccinated travellers from quarantine, or
  • have different policies to Australia about which vaccines they accept and the length of time between doses, or
  • require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in addition to a vaccination certificate.

It is important to inform yourself about vaccination, testing and quarantine requirements in each destination and transit point. These requirements can change at short notice, so make sure that you keep up to date.

Can I use my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate as a domestic ‘vaccine passport’ in other countries?

Some countries require a ‘vaccine passport’ for access to certain domestic services and venues. Whether they accept your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for this purpose, or require you to apply for a domestic certificate after arriving, depends on local policies.

If I have a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, do I still need to do a PCR test?

That depends on the travel requirements of your destination country. Make sure to check this information before you go on your trip.

How do I use my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

Once you’ve requested the international certificate you can print it, save it, or upload it to a digital wallet or travel app.

You may need to show the certificate to your airline or to border authorities when you enter another country as proof that you have received a COVID-19 vaccination.

As every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders, you’ll need to check your COVID-19 vaccination meets the requirement of the countries you’re visiting.

You should also check your international certificate meets the requirement of the country you’re entering. Some countries will only accept certificates that show your COVID-19 vaccination batch numbers.

If the country you’re visiting needs these details and your certificate is missing it, go to the Services Australia website. For more information on the entry requirements of the destinations you’re visiting see the Smartraveller website.

Do I need to print out my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

The QR code includes all the information authorities need to assess your vaccination status. Some may accept the QR code on its own, but some may not. We recommend that you carry a printout of the PDF version in case you need it.

Does my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate go into my passport?

Your international certificate and passport are separate documents. To prove that you’re the rightful holder, you’ll generally need to show both of these documents together.

How do I care for my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

Your international certificate displays sensitive personal information. You should protect it from loss, theft and compromise with the same care as your passport.

If you print out your international certificate, you should protect the QR code from marks or damage that may make it hard for authorities to read, such as heavy folds over the QR code.

What if I lose my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate?

We recommend that you travel with a spare copy of your international certificate and leave a copy with a family member or trusted friend, in case it is lost or damaged on your journey.

If you lose your international certificate, and you don’t have a spare copy, you can get a new one for free through myGov or by contacting Services Australia.

Tip: Follow the instructions on the myGov website to ensure that you still have access to your myGov account while travelling overseas.

Do I need to show my International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate at the Australian border?

Information about how to use your certificate when leaving or entering Australia is available from the Department of Home Affairs.

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