Novak Djokovic was recently deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open due to the cancelling of his Visa on account of failing to prove why he was medically exempt from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. This recent controversy raises the question of what requirements are necessary to enter Australia.
Fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible Visa holders can now travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. To be able to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate must be obtained from the country in which the vaccine was received.
If you are unable to receive the vaccine for medical reasons and have a medical contraindication recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), you can show airline staff your Australian COVID-19 digital certificate, immunisation history, or a medical certificate that verifies that you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition.
In addition to proof of vaccination, travellers will need to show evidence of a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result taken within 3 days before their flight’s scheduled departure to Australia.
Travellers must also complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before they depart. This document requires:
- Australian contact details
- Legally binding declarations regarding vaccination status and travel history for the last 14 days
- Acknowledgement that evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of the flight’s departure is required
- Declaration that acknowledges the quarantine and testing requirements in the relevant State or Territory and their non-compliance penalties
Travellers must be prepared to provide any of the details mentioned above to airlines.
If you or someone you know wish to discuss this matter further, then please contact our experienced solicitors at 02 8999 9809 for assistance.