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COVID-19 Returning to Australia: Your FAQs Answered

As travel restrictions ease and borders reopen, it’s important for Australians in Vietnam to stay informed about the latest guidelines for returning to Australia. If you’re planning to travel back home, this article will provide you with answers to frequently asked questions regarding vaccination certificates and other requirements.

What Should My Vaccination Certificate Include?

To enter Australia, travellers vaccinated in Vietnam need to present a vaccination certificate that meets certain criteria. The certificate should include the following information:

  • Your name as it appears in your passport
  • Date of birth or passport number or national identification number
  • Vaccine brand name
  • Date of each dose or the date of completing a full course of immunization

If there is a discrepancy between the name on your vaccination certificate and your passport, you may need to provide additional proof, such as a driver’s license or marriage certificate. Similarly, if your certificate only includes a national identification number that does not match your passport, you will need to present a national identification card that matches the number and name on the certificate.

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Will My Vaccine Be Recognized?

To be considered fully vaccinated, the vaccine you received must be approved or recognized by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The following vaccines are accepted:

  • Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid
  • Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for individuals under 60 years of age)
  • Bharat Covaxin
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Moderna (Spikevax or Takeda)
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

If you have received two full doses of any of the approved vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine, you will be considered fully vaccinated. However, a minimum of seven days must have passed since the final dose of the vaccine.

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Do I Need to Get My Certificate Certified or Notarized?

No, there is no requirement to have your Vietnamese vaccination certificate certified or notarized by the Consulate or Embassy. Your certificate needs to meet the requirements outlined by the Australian authorities, which you can find here.

Do I Need a Batch Dose Number on My Certificate?

No, batch numbers are not required on international vaccination certificates. For detailed advice on what is required, refer to the Australian Passport Office.

Can I Register My Vaccination on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)?

If you have received your vaccination in Vietnam, you can have an Australian health professional add it to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) upon your return. For more information on how to register your vaccination from Vietnam, visit the Services Australia website.

Other FAQs

Q: What if I’ve recovered from COVID with just one vaccine dose?
A: To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have received a full course of vaccine or be medically exempt from vaccination.

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Q: What if I am medically unable to be vaccinated?
A: If you have a medical exemption, you will need to provide proof. If you cannot provide verifiable proof, you may be required to quarantine. It is advisable to discuss your situation with your airline, as they are responsible for verifying your documents at check-in.

Q: What about children?
A: All children under 12 years of age are considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Specific arrangements apply to Australian children aged 12-17 years who are not fully vaccinated.

Q: How do I get the Australian internationally recognized proof of vaccination document?
A: Australia’s International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) is available to the public. Travellers eligible for the ICVC can use it if they are overseas and have their vaccination status recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register.

Conclusion

Returning to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic requires careful planning and adherence to the latest guidelines. Make sure to have a vaccination certificate that meets the requirements and stay informed about the approved vaccines. For detailed information and updates, visit the iBlog website. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the relevant authorities or consult with your airline. Stay safe and have a smooth journey back to Australia!

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