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COVID-19 vaccines: Frequently asked questions

Will Australians overseas be included in the vaccine roll-out?

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to people in Australia. The domestic rollout does not extend to Australian citizens while overseas.  

If I have a vaccination overseas, will I still be required to quarantine on return to Australia?

At this time Australian Government advice for international travellers remains unchanged.

Australia’s borders are closed. The only people who can travel to Australia are:

  • Australian citizens
  • residents
  • immediate family members
  • travellers who have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days.

Passengers travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure, and display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in. 

At this time, vaccination against COVID-19 does not change the requirement for mandatory quarantine for 14 days at the port of arrival. Travellers might have to comply with other state and territory travel restrictions. For more coronavirus advice for international travellers, visit the Department of Health's website

What is the Australian Government’s advice to Australians overseas on seeking or receiving a vaccine offshore?

You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options that may be available locally. 

The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process

I’ve been provided by Home Affairs with an exemption from the overseas travel ban to travel overseas, how can I access a COVID-19 vaccine before I’m scheduled to depart Australia?

The Australian Government is committed to providing all Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available. Access to vaccines during the early period of the rollout will be made available to highest priority groups. 

Find out more about Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy and priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination in Australia.

Will the Australian Government provide me with financial assistance to access a COVID-19 vaccine while overseas?

The Australian Government is committed to providing all Australians with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available. Access to vaccines during the early period of the rollout will be made available to highest priority groups.

You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally.