Vaccination Exemption for Australia

Medical Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccination.

Providing proof that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons when coming to Australia.

If you are coming to Australia and have a medical contraindication recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) you can show an Australian COVID-19 digital certificate to airline staff.

If you do not have your medical contraindication recorded in the AIR you will need to show airline staff a medical certificate that indicates you are unable to be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine because of a medical condition.

The medical certificate must be in English and include the following information:

  • your name (this must match your travel identification documents)
  • date of medical consultation and details of your medical practitioner
  • details that clearly outline that you have a medical condition which means you cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccination (vaccination is contraindicated).

Note: This certificate may be checked on arrival in Australia to ensure it is valid. Fake certificates will cause an entry refusal, and a ban on future entry.

Australia does not recognise a previous infection with COVID-19 as a medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination exemptions.

Medical Conditions for Vaccination Exemption.

Medical conditions considered to be a contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination and accepted as reasons that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons for the purpose of travel to Australia include:


  • A previous anaphylaxis after a previous dose of a vaccine where no appropriate COVID-19 vaccine is available.


For an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Inflammatory cardiac illness within the past 3 months, e.g., myocarditis or pericarditis; acute rheumatic fever or acute rheumatic heart disease (i.e., with active myocardial inflammation); or acute decompensated heart failure.

For all COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Acute major medical condition (e.g. undergoing major surgery or hospital admission for a serious illness).
  • Treatment with anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody or convalescent plasma therapy in the previous 90 days
  • Any serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, without another cause identified, and with no acceptable alternative vaccine available.

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