Check the requirements before booking a trip with your family.
Are you preparing to travel abroad but worried about the rules for children who cannot be vaccinated? You’re not alone.
Doing your research before you travel is the best place to start so you don’t get caught off guard.
Children’s travel checklist before you leave
- Entry requirements: Does the country you are traveling to require children to be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test?
- Go home: What are the rules for your children when you return to Australia?
- Vaccines: Are your child’s vaccination certificates recognized, do you need them certified or translated?
Vaccination requirements for children traveling from Australia
Before booking flights, it is important to check the rules regarding children with the airline and the foreign government of the country you are traveling to.
All vaccines widely used for immunization in Australia are also recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), but it is important to check that they are accepted where you are going.
The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts has determined that:
- The Pfizer vaccine can be used safely for people aged 5 and over.
- The Moderna vaccine can be used safely for people ages 12 and older.
Because access to vaccines is varied, you may find that the country you want to travel to requires children aged 5 and over to be vaccinated, but you may not have had the vaccine yet. opportunity to get your children vaccinated.
It is your responsibility to check the rules and you don’t want to end up with your children at the border.
For example, children under 18 traveling to the UK are considered fully immunized for travel regardless of their vaccination status, but when traveling to Thailand it depends on the entry program you are using. Children under 12 (if traveling without quarantine) or under 18 (if traveling in a blue zone) are not required to be vaccinated.
Vaccination requirements for children traveling to Australia
Just as with adults, there are no restrictions on children leaving the country, but there are rules in place regarding their return.
According to the Australian government, children under the age of 12 can benefit from the same travel conditions as fully vaccinated travellers.
Unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 are also exempt from international passenger caps due to the varying age of vaccination eligibility around the world and to avoid separating families when entering Australia.
However, nothing is ever that simple when it comes to Australian border rules. While states and territories allow unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 to travel within the country (if accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult), the rules differ from state to state. other, most requiring home quarantine.
In all cases, passports will be used as proof of age.
See the rules for children (between 12 and 17 years old) traveling to Australia by state:
To note: Check the rules before you travel as they are subject to change.
This will vary by country when traveling overseas, but when you return to Australia, children are considered unvaccinated if they are:
- Aged 12 to 17 and has not received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
- Aged 12 to 17 who have received only a single dose of a recognized COVID-19 vaccine in Australia
- Aged 12-17 and have been partially or fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that is not recognized in Australia
What vaccines are approved and recognized in Australia?
2 doses at least 14 days apart of:
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
- AstraZeneca Covishield
- Pfizer/Biotech Company
- Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
- Sinovac Coronavac
- Bharat Biotech Covaxin
- Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under 60 upon arrival in Australia)
- Gamaleya Sputnik V Research Institute
- Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid.
Or 1 dose of:
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine
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