Travel freedoms for fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents

Travel freedoms for fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents

From 1 November 2021, Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of an approved or recognised vaccine will be able to leave Australia without needing an outwards travel exemption.

Children under 12, and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements must continue to follow the current border processes when leaving Australia or coming to Australia.

Currently, the approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccinations are:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)
  • Covisheld (AstraZeneca)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Coronavac (Sinovac)

Evidence of vaccination

International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates are being used around the world to provide evidence that travellers have been vaccinated.

To travel internationally without requiring an exemption, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status at airport check-in when departing Australia.

You will need to show airline staff your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC), which you can get through your myGov account. The ICVC will be provided in PDF format for you to print or hold electronically on your phone.

Returning to Australia

If you are fully vaccinated with an Australian Government approved or recognised vaccine, or under the age of 12, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when you return to Australia.

Evidence of your vaccination status will be required when you check-in to your flight.

Make sure you comply with all other requirements for coming to Australia.


States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements for people entering from overseas. Check with the state or territory that you are returning to for their quarantine arrangements.

Source: Australian Department of Home Affairs

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