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Australia launches the international ‘gold standard’ of proof of vaccination

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As international borders reopen for travel, many countries around the world will ask travellers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations before they enter.

The Australian Government’s new International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate provides secure and internationally recognised proof of their COVID-19 vaccination history. The international certificate features a Quick Response (QR) code, which is generated using the COVID-19 vaccination information in the Australian Immunisation Register and your passport details.

Also known as a Visible Digital Seal, the individual QR code is as secure as an Australian passport chip. It can be read by border control authorities and at check-in with airlines when departing or returning to Australia.

This QR code represents the ‘gold standard’ of proof of vaccination – conforming to the global standard set by the International Civil Aviation Organization and endorsed by the World Health Organization. As one of the first countries to meet this standard, Australia will share the Visible Digital Seal technology, building a curated library of technical documents to assist interested countries to develop their own vaccination certificates.

The easiest way to get your free international certificate is by using your Medicare account in myGov, or the Medicare Express app. If you can’t use these options, you can contact the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

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image of a International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
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