CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 19 -- The Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, issued the following joint news release with with five organizations:
The co-signers are Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women Marise Payne, Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews MP and Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Government Services, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Australians are another step closer to safe overseas travel with the introduction of the Australian Government's International COVID-19 proof of vaccination.
From tomorrow, 19 October 2021, Australians and Australian visa holders who have a valid passport and their COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) can obtain an International COVID-19 proof of vaccination.
The international proof of vaccine will enable fully vaccinated Australians to depart Australia and to travel internationally consistent with the National Plan to transition Australia's COVID-19 Response.
It can be downloaded digitally or printed and is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass.
The international proof of vaccination features a secure QR code to prove COVID-19 vaccination status to border authorities around the world and increases a person's ability to travel safely and with confidence.
The Visible Digital Seal technology within the international proof of vaccination is world-leading, it is as secure as an Australian passport, and authenticated in the same way.
The international certificate meets the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization and conforms with World Health Organization guidance.
Australia will share the Visible Digital Seal technology, building a curated library of technical documents to assist interested countries develop their own vaccination certificates.
The launch of the international proof of vaccination is a key step towards safely reopening international borders and supporting Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery.
Requesting an international certificate is free and easy. The easiest way to get your free international certificate is by using your Medicare account through myGov, or the Medicare Express app.