Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. To maintain these standards, most visa applicants are required to meet certain minimum health standards in order to be granted a visa. We refer to this as meeting 'the health requirement'.
What you will need to do to meet the health requirement will depend on your personal circumstances and the visa that you have applied, or intend to apply for.
All permanent, provisional and certain temporary visa applicants are required to complete health examinations as part of the visa application process to determine if they meet the health requirement.
Information on meeting the health requirement and health process for visa applications.
Note: required immigration health examinations will be changing on
20 November 2015. Make sure you check the
Health Examinations information on the website after this date for details where required. As a result:
- If you visit a panel clinic and/or migration medical services provider clinic after 20 November 2015, you might be asked to complete additional health examinations that are not listed in documentation provided by us. These examinations must be completed for processing of your visa application to proceed.
- If you lodge your visa application after 20 November 2015, the new requirements will also apply.
Background information on the purpose of the health requirement.
In addition to meeting the health requirement, if you are applying for certain temporary visas you might also have to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. We also encourage all prospective visitors and residents to have adequate health insurance cover while staying in Australia.
See: Health insurance for more information.