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COVID-19 vaccination exemptions and COVID-19 past positive medical clearances

What you need to know before submitting your request.

We're currently receiving a high volume of requests due to the Omicron variant transmission. We're prioritising requests submitted by travel date. 

If you've submitted your documents within the requested 7 days of departure, we'll do all possible to review your request however we can't guarantee we’ll be able to process it in time for your flight. 

Last updated: 24 January 2022 
This information is subject to change. Check government websites frequently for the latest travel updates.

If you're booked to travel to or from Australia on a Qantas aircraft, you'll need to be fully vaccinated. Many countries have also introduced entry requirements in relation to COVID-19, which may include providing proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result prior to travel. If you're unable to meet these requirements, you may still be able to travel with us under certain circumstances.

What you need to do before you fly


 

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Check Qantas and government travel requirements

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Make sure you have all the required documents

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Submit your documents no later than 7 days before departure

Once we've validated your information, you're ready to fly

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We're not able to process any COVID-19 vaccination exemptions or past positive medical clearances at the airport on your day of departure. Therefore you'll need to ensure you submit your request in advance as per the information outlined below, otherwise  your request will not be considered and you may not be able to board your flight.

If your itinerary includes travel with another airline, or Qantas codeshare flights which are operated by another airline on their aircraft, you'll need to contact them directly to understand and meet their requirements.

Government requirements

Before booking and before departure, check the government requirements for all countries that you're travelling to, and transiting through, to ensure you meet their conditions of entry which may be different from Qantas', including any vaccination and pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements. You must comply with the most stringent requirements. 

Remember to also check your departure country's requirements for return travel.

Exemptions or medical clearances not permitted or government approval required

In some circumstances, due to government restrictions, we're unable to review requests for vaccination exemptions for passengers who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, or medical clearances for passengers who are unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test result on departure due to a past positive infection.

Some countries also require prior government approval before you're permitted to enter. Once you've received their approval, ensure you send this to us with the rest of your documents.

Check the following tables for more information on government requirements for travel for the countries you're travelling to or through.

Information

Travelling to Australia with past positive medical clearance

From 23 January 2022, the Australian Government will reduce the time between receiving a positive test result and being able to be cleared for travel to Australia from 14 to 7 days. Find out moreOpens external site in a new window.

Travel within Australia

If your itinerary is for travel wholly within Australia, you don't need to apply for a Qantas vaccination exemption or past positive medical clearance.

Before booking and before travel, check with the relevant Australian state or territory government for their vaccination and pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements, including any exemptions. This information may change and we recommend you check the websites regularly for any updates.

Travel to other countries

Check the relevant government websites for more information.

Past positive medical clearances

If you've previously had a COVID-19 infection, your pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test can show a positive result, even if you're not currently infected. 

If this is the case, to be approved for travel, you're required to provide evidence that you're no longer infectious.
 

1. Check which documents are required

After you've reviewed the government requirements and confirmed that you're eligible to request a past positive medical clearance due to a post COVID-19 infection, you'll need to check you have the correct documents for travel.

You need to submit:

  1. A completed Qantas COVID-19 Past Positive Medical Clearance form [PDF], which is signed by a qualified medical practitioner and dated within 14 days of your day of departure, and
  2. a copy of your initial positive COVID-19 PCR test result from within the last three months of your day of departure, and
  3. a copy of any government approvals received, if applicable.

Your documents must be in English, or accompanied by a certified translation if they are in a language other than English. Ensure your certified translation includes the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association, and that the entire certificate is translated, not just part of it.

If any flights in your itinerary are outside of the document validity dates, we require a new form to be completed and submitted for those flights.

2. Submitting your documents

You'll need to submit the required documentation as soon as possible and no later than seven days before your day of departure.

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When submitting your test results, your completed Qantas COVID-19 past positive medical clearance form and any government approvals if applicable, ensure you include your name, contact information, booking reference and flight information in your email. If we don't receive all the relevant information and required documentation, there may be a delay in processing your request for travel.

  • 3. At the airport

    When you arrive at the airport on your day of departure, you'll need to show your COVID-19 test result (if required) and any supporting documentation.

    We're not able to process any COVID-19 past positive medical clearances at the airport on your day of departure, therefore you'll need to ensure you submit your request in advance as per the above information. Otherwise your request will not be considered and you may not be able to board your flight.

Vaccination exemptions

1. Check which documents are required

After you've reviewed the Qantas and government requirements and confirmed that you're eligible to request a vaccination exemption, you'll need to check you have the correct documents for travel.

Australians with an Immunisation History Statement

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Australia who is unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, you'll need to send us your Immunisation History StatementOpens external site in a new window, dated within four weeks of your day of departure, which displays medical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccines reported to the Australian Immunisation Register.  

If any flights in your itinerary are outside of the document validity dates, we require a new form to be submitted for those flights.

Other valid medical documents required for vaccination exemptions

If you're not an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Australia, and you're unable to provide an Australian Immunisation History Statement which displays medical contraindications to COVID-19 vaccines, you'll need to provide one of the following documents:

  • an official government COVID-19 vaccination exemption certificate dated within four weeks of your day of departure, or
  • a completed Qantas COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption form [PDF], dated within four weeks of your day of departure.

Ensure you also check the government guidelines for any countries that you're travelling to or transiting through, as they may require you to submit additional documents.

Your documents must be in English, or accompanied by a certified translation if they are in a language other than English. Ensure your certified translation includes the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association, and that the entire certificate is translated, not just part of it.

If any flights in your itinerary are outside of the document validity dates, we require a new form to be submitted for those flights.

2. Pre-departure COVID-19 test

If your vaccination exemption is granted, you'll need to provide a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result notification when you check in for your flight. Your test can be either:

  • A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, taken within 3 days before the day of your flight's departure; or
  • A rapid antigen test (RAT) administered by or under the supervision of a medical professional, taken within the 24 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time; or
  • As per the government requirements for the country you're travelling to or transiting through, if a more stringent testing requirement applies.

If you've previously had a COVID-19 infection, your pre-departure COVID-19 test can show a positive result, even if you're not currently infected. If this is the case, to be approved for travel, you're required to provide evidence that you're no longer infectious. See COVID-19 past positive medical clearance.

3. Requirements for children aged between 12 and 17 years

Children aged 12 to 17 years who aren't vaccinated, or have only had one dose of a vaccine, can travel to and from Australia on a Qantas aircraft where they are:

  • Travelling with a fully vaccinated adult, and
  • If travelling to Australia, travelling to an Australian state or territory in which that child will not be required to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Be sure to check state or territory informationOpens external site in a new window for eligibility and requirements.

Note:

  • You don't need to complete the Qantas COVID-19 vaccination exemption form.
  • Unaccompanied children who aren't vaccinated or have only had one dose of a vaccine aren't able to travel on a Qantas aircraft. 

If travelling from Australia, the Australian government requires unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Australian children aged 12 to 17 years to obtain a travel exemptionOpens external site in a new window to leave the country.

Ensure you also check the requirements of the countries you're travelling to, from and transiting through, as you'll need to comply with the most stringent requirements that may apply to your entire trip.

4. Submitting your documents

You'll need to submit the required documentation as soon as possible and no later than seven days before your day of departure.

We recommend you protect your personal information while sharing online.

You need to submit:

  1. Your proof of vaccination exemption document, and
  2. a copy of any government approvals received, if applicable.
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When submitting your proof of vaccination exemption document and any government approvals if applicable, ensure you include your name, contact information, booking reference and flight information in your email. If we don't receive all the relevant information and required documentation, there may be a delay in processing your request for travel.

  • 5. At the airport

    When you arrive at the airport on your day of departure, you'll need to show your negative COVID-19 PCR test result and any supporting documentation.

    We're not able to process any COVID-19 vaccination exemptions at the airport on your day of departure, therefore you'll need to ensure you submit your request in advance as per the above information. Otherwise you will not be considered exempt from the vaccination requirement and may not be able to board your flight.

What happens next

Once you've submitted your documents, your request will be assessed in accordance with the relevant government COVID-19 vaccination exemption and past positive medical clearance guidelines and requirements. 

We'll then contact you to advise:

  • if your request for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption or COVID-19 past positive medical clearance is accepted (pending test results), or 
  • if your request isn’t accepted and advise you of your options.

If your request is accepted, you may need to comply with additional government requirements and regulations both before departure and on arrival, which may include quarantine and/or COVID-19 testing. Check the relevant government websites for more information.

If you only have an electronic copy of your documents, we recommend you also carry a printed copy with you to use throughout your trip.

Changing your travel dates

If you change your flights, you'll need to submit a new COVID-19 vaccination exemption or COVID-19 past positive medical clearance request.