Australians can now download and print out an internationally-recognised proof of vaccination against Covid-19, and add a 'digital vaccination passport' to their smartphone through apps such as the Travel Pass used by Qantas and many other airlines.
The International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates are similar to the existing vaccine certificates, but also carry a secure QR code which can be scanned by border officials.
The QR code contains information on the type of vaccine used and the dates it was administered, and which conforms to the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to be used by airlines, airports and border authorities around the world.
The international certificate is now available at the Medicare website, by accessing your Medicare account through the myGov website, or directly available within the Medicare Express smartphone app.
After confirming the details on the certificate are correct, you'll need to enter your passport details so that the two documents can be matched up and linked together.
The certificate is then made available as a PDF to download to your computer or smartphone.
It's also recommended that you save a copy of the PDF certificate on a cloud storage service such as Apple iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or DropBox, as an additional backup measure (which could also come in handy once you're overseas).
"If you travel overseas, and that overseas country requires proof of your vaccination status, you will have a copy of it," explains the Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce and Skills, Stuart Robert.
"You may not have to use it – there may be many countries you'll visit that have no requirement to demonstrate you've been vaccinated."
"But the last thing the government wants for Australians when they travel overseas is to be stuck overseas because they can't prove they've been vaccinated."
International flights from Sydney are set to resume from November 1 as NSW removes the need for fully-vaccinated travellers to enter mandatory quarantine, with proof of vaccination being a condition of travel on most airlines as well as to enter many countries as borders reopen.
November 1 will also see Australia's international travel ban removed, allowing citizens, permanent residents and their families to leave the country without obtaining special government approval.
Also read: How to download the Travel Pass app