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COVID-19 Vaccinations and Vaccination Certificates

Last Updated 15 November 2021

 

Australia

For information on COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination certificates in Australia

 

Singapore

For information on COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccination certificates in Australia

 

 

Australia

How do I prove my vaccination status/ what does my vaccination certificate need to show?

Your vaccination certificate must have been issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider.  Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

Your certificate must be in English.  A certificate is also acceptable if it is written in multiple languages and one of those languages is English. 

Your certificate must show, at a minimum:

  • your name as it appears in your passport
  • either your date of birth or your passport number
  • the vaccine brand name, and
  • either the date you got each dose or the date on which you completed a full course of immunisation.

If your vaccination certificate doesn't meet all these requirements, you won’t qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

 

What are the recognised vaccines?

To qualify as fully vaccinated, you need to have had a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). See COVID-19 vaccinations | Smartraveller

Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are below.

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds)

Or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

You will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since your dose of vaccine. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if administered when the traveller was aged from 18 to 60 years. 

Travellers who have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated.

The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future.  Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.

Temporary visa holders can leave Australia without needing an exemption. They do not need to be fully vaccinated, and do not need to show a vaccination certificate on departure.

 

What about children? 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Australian children aged 12-17 years old entering Australia through New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory may also be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements.  They will only be eligible if their accompanying parents or guardians are all fully vaccinated.

Australian children aged 12-17 years who arrive into Australia will be considered as unvaccinated if they:

  • have not received any vaccination
  • have only been partially vaccinated with a recognised vaccine
  • have been partially or fully vaccinated with a non-recognised vaccine.

Australian citizens and permanent residents who do not meet the eligibility requirements must continue to follow the current border processes when leaving Australia or coming to Australia.

Temporary visa holders can leave Australia without needing an exemption. They do not need to be fully vaccinated, and do not need to show a vaccination certificate on departure.

 

What if my child under 12 isn’t vaccinated?

All children aged under 12 years count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Special arrangements(link is external) apply for certain returning Australian children aged 12-17 years who are not fully vaccinated.

 

What if I cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons?

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you will need to provide proof of a medical exemption. You should also check any requirements, particularly quarantine requirements, in the state or territory to which you are travelling.

 

What if the name on my vaccination certificate is different to my passport name?

If you have a vaccination certificate in a name that’s different to what is in your passport, you will need to provide evidence of your name, such as a marriage certificate or driver licence.

 

What if I can’t get a certificate in English?

If your certificate isn’t in English, you’ll need to provide a certified translation that includes the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.  The entire certificate must be translated, not just part of it.  You’ll need to keep both the original certificate and the certified translation with you while you travel.

 

What if I’ve recovered from COVID with only one vaccine dose?

You do not meet the definition of fully vaccinated unless you have received a full course of vaccine or are medically exempt from vaccination.

 

What if I’m medically unable to be vaccinated?

You will need to provide evidence of a medical exemption. If you cannot provide certifiable evidence, you may be required to quarantine.

 

How do I register a vaccination in Australia received overseas?

If you receive a COVID-19 Pfizer Comirnaty, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, Moderna Spikevax or Janssen-Cilag (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine while overseas, you can register your vaccination on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) when you return to Australia. At this time, if you've received a COVID-19 vaccine overseas which is not one of these vaccines you cannot have it added to the AIR.

To register your vaccination in the AIR:

  • obtain proof of vaccination from your provider when you receive the vaccine
  • bring the proof of vaccination to Australia when you return. The proof must be translated to English if it’s in another language.
  • make sure your Medicare online account is up to date (if applicable).
  • give the proof of vaccination to a recognised vaccination provider in Australia. They’ll verify your vaccination status and add the record of vaccination to the AIR.

Once your vaccination is registered on the AIR, you can apply for an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for the next time you go overseas.

For more information on registering an overseas COVID-19 vaccination, visit Services Australia.

 

How can I get an Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination certificate?

A new Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate will help travellers heading overseas prove their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Developed by the Australian Government, the international certificate links your COVID-19 vaccination information with the details in your passport to create a secure Quick Response (QR) code.

This individual QR code, which is as secure as an Australian passport chip, can be read by border authorities and presented at check-in with airlines when departing or returning to Australia.

The international certificate can be download or printed and will be used with COVID-19 travel apps like the International Air Transport Association (IATA)Travel Pass, which some airlines are using.

Anyone who has a valid passport and their COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) can request an international certificate. Recording vaccinations on the AIR is done automatically for people who’ve had their vaccinations in Australia.

If you received your COVID-19 vaccinations outside Australia, you’ll need to record them on the AIR before you can get an international certificate.  To find out how, go to the Services Australia website.  

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.

 

Will Australia's COVID-19 Vaccinations be available outside of Australia?

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccinations will be rolled out domestically to people in Australia. The vaccinations will only be available in Australia. 

Up to date information about Australia’s national roll-out of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is available at the Department of Health’s website.

COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) rigorous assessment and approval processes. This includes assessment of its safety, quality, and effectiveness. Information on vaccines approved for use in Australia can be found on the TGA website.

For information on Singapore's COVID-19 vaccination program, refer to https://www.vaccine.gov.sg/. You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance 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.

 

 How do I prove my vaccination status out in the community in Australia?

The mechanisms for using foreign vaccination certificates domestically are still being worked out by Australian states and territories. There is no uniform requirement across Australia for patrons to prove they are vaccinated in order to enter public spaces such as theatres, restaurants and shopping centres. Further information will be provided, when available. We suggest you carry your proof of vaccination with you in physical or digital form for the time being.  Check with local authorities when you land as they may provide guidance. You can also consider contacting the Australian National Coronavirus Hotline on +61 2 4018 3442, available 24/7, prior to flying to Australia. 

 

International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

The International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate is a free and secure means of proving your COVID-19 immunisation history when you travel overseas.

See the Australian Passport Office website for more details on how it works, eligibility and how you can receive yours.

 

Singapore

 

Singapore's COVID-19 Vaccinations

Singapore’s COVID-19 vaccinations will be rolled out domestically to people in Singapore including Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders. The vaccinations will only be available in Singapore. 

Up to date information about Singapore’s national roll-out of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is available at the Ministry of Health's website. You can also call the COVID-19 Vaccination Enquiry line on 1800 333 9999.

 

Singapore Vaccination Records for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or Long-Term Pass Holders Vaccinated Overseas

From 14 July 2021, individuals who have received COVID-19 vaccinations overseas with COVID-19 vaccines authorised by the Heath Sciences Authority under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) or listed on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) can have their vaccination records updated in the National Immunisation Registry when they return to Singapore. To do so, they should have documentation to show proof of their overseas vaccination and a positive serology test result in Singapore

To update your vaccination records in Singapore, you can visit a specific private healthcare provider with your overseas COVID-19 vaccination documentation. For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Ministry of Health website.

 

Which vaccines are recognised in Singapore?

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if they meet the following conditions at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore:

  • Received the full regimen of WHO EUL Vaccines (below), from a specific manufacturer, and
  • Met the minimum dose interval period.

 

Manufacturer

Name of Vaccine

Dose(s) Required

Minimum Interval between Doses

Pfizer/BioNTech

BNT162b2/COMIRNATY
Tozinameran (INN)

       2

   17 days

Moderna

mRNA-1273

       2

   24 days

Astrazeneca

AZD1222-Vaxzeveria (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19)

       2

   24 days

Serum Institute of India

Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19)

       2

Janssen

Ad26.COV2.S

       1

   NA

Sinopharm

SARS-COV-2 Vaccine (VeroCell), Inactivated (InCoV)

       2

   17 days

Sinovac

COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated/CoronavacTM

       2

   13 days

Any WHO EUL vaccine (mixed):

  • BNT162b2/COMIRNATY Tozinameran (INN)
  • mRNA-1273
  • AZD1222-Vaxzeveria (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19)
  • Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19)
  • Ad26.COV2.S
  • SARS-COV-2 Vaccine (VeroCell), Inactivated (InCoV)
  • COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated/CoronavacTM

       2

   17 days

 

If you do not meet any of the above requirements, you are not considered fully vaccinated with WHO EUL vaccines.

 

How will I prove my vaccination status in Singapore at the airport?

You will be required to upload your vaccination status as part of the VTP application process, prior to travel to Singapore. Upon arrival at the airport you may also be asked to prove your vaccination status.

A valid proof of vaccination status (not applicable for children aged 12 and below), which can be in the form of:

  • a vaccination status on the TraceTogether app, HealthHub app or BruHealth app; or
  • digitally verifiable vaccination certificate(s) in English, stating the following:
    1. the traveller's name, and at least one other personal identifier such as the date of birth or passport number corresponding exactly with the information in the traveller's passport used for entry into Singapore;
    2. the country/region of vaccination, which must be either Singapore or the VTL country/region the traveller is departing from;
    3. the name of vaccine used (if more than 1 dose, the name of each vaccine administered for each dose); and
    4. the date(s) of vaccination (if more than 1 dose, the dates when each dose was administered). The date of the last dose should be administered at least 14 days before the traveller's arrival in Singapore.

Currently for active VTLS:

You may present any of the following:

Digitally verified and authenticated proof of vaccination is a key safeguard of the VTL. Singapore is currently working on accepting digitally verifiable vaccination certificates by other issuers. Further details will be shared later.