International travel 'vaccine passports' to be available this week

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Australians are a step closer to travelling overseas as the Federal Government starts to roll out technology that proves your COVID-19 vaccine status around the world.

From tomorrow, any Aussie who is fully vaccinated can access the documents allowing them to travel in and out of the country.

The new certificate is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps and based on a person’s vaccination records.

© 9News The government will start issuing international coronavirus vaccine certificates this week in preparation for overseas travel to resume.

The new certificate contains a secure QR code and can be downloaded from from the MyGov website to a smartphone or printed off.

To be eligible. you need to have proof of COVID-19 double vaccination and a valid passport.

The certificate will be scanned by border officials on arrival into a country if requested.

International travel will resume once the country hits its 80 per cent vaccination rate.


Video: Vaccine passports not a ‘long-term solution’: Perrottet (Sky News Australia)

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the anti-forgery visible digital seal technology within the certificate among the world’s most advanced.

“Australia will share the visible digital seal technology, building a curated library of technical documents to assist interested countries develop their own vaccination certificates,” Senator Payne said in a joint statement.

“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.”

The new international certificate meets the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and conforms with World Health Organisation guidance.

© Nine The Australian travel certificate will be scanned by border officials on entry to a country.

Last week, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced all quarantine will be scrapped for fully vaccinated international arrivals entering New South Wales from November 1.

The surprise move is a radical change to Australia’s management of COVID-19 and leaves NSW on its own as it prepares to welcome overseas visitors.

The decision eliminates the need for travellers to quarantine in a hotel, which has caused tens of thousands of Aussies to become stranded overseas because of strict flight caps.

There are 45,000 registered with DFAT as wanting to get back, with mandatory hotel quarantine starting at $3000.

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