Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave Australia without seeking a travel exemption. Here are the steps involved:
The QR code in your ICVC includes all the information that Australian and overseas authorities need to assess your vaccination status. We recommend that you carry a printout of the PDF version in case you need it.
If you were vaccinated overseas and want to get an ICVC, the Services Australia website has information about how you can add overseas vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) when you are in Australia. Once your vaccination/s have been recorded in the AIR you can request your ICVC.
While all fully vaccinated Australians will be able to leave Australia without an exemption, arrangements for returning to Australia will depend on the state or territory to which you are travelling.
Visit the relevant state or territory government website for information about the current quarantine and entry testing requirements that apply in that jurisdiction.
If you need to transit through a state or territory on your way to your destination state or territory, you may also need to take into account domestic travel restrictions.
It is your responsibility to understand and comply with travel restrictions and requirements that will apply to you.
From 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.
Present your ICVC to airline staff when you check-in for your flight. They will scan your certificate to view your vaccination history and make sure you meet the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ before you can travel.
If you are not fully vaccinated (or under 12 years old, or have a medical exemption) and do not have an exemption to depart Australia, you will not be able to board your flight.
If you were vaccinated overseas and do not have an ICVC, you will need to present a foreign vaccination certificate that shows you are fully vaccinated.