Government COVID border entry requirements are different for each destination, and can change rapidly. Most countries now require proof of vaccination, whilst others also require a negative PCR result 48 hours prior to travel, serology with medical information, a doctor’s certificate, ‘Well to Go’ or a ‘Fit to Fly’ certification.

Through planning in the lead up to your trip is essential to ensure you will meet the current border criteria to enter your destination. Smart Traveller is one of the most up-to-date resources to check which requirements you will need for your destination. Checking with your travel agent, airline and the local government authorities at your destination are critical in ensuring you have the correct information.  Travel Doctor-TMVC can also assist you to navigate the requirements through our managed COVID-19 travel health service.

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be a requirement to enter most countries.  An International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) is the most effective way to meet this criteria and is recommended as a free, safe and secure way to provide this information at Border declarations.  Learn more about how to obtain an ICVC through the links below:

Testing Requirements

Many countries and airlines require you to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR or RAT) test in the days prior to travelling. Governments determine the testing window within which you need to comply. 48 Hours prior to departure is relatively standard, however some countries allow testing within 72 hours of departure.

Some countries also require IgM antibody screening prior to departure. An IgM antibodies test detects the SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19. When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Rapid Antigen Testing may also be used by governments on arrival, when transiting, or post arrival at your destination, such as in Fiji. It is important to understand all of the testing requirements for the destination you are traveling to and through.

A good tip is to ensure you have a printed and digital copy of your results with you as you travel that you can access offline if required.

Medical documentation or certifications

To accompany test results, some countries require medical declarations from a doctor to certify your results. Government requirements will dictate the information required on the health declaration and it is important your documentation contains the correct information and is on the correct paperwork to meet border entry requirements. You will also need to understand if your health information needs to be submitted or uploaded prior to departure, as is required when travelling to China.

A good tip is to ensure you have a printed and digital copy of your documentation with you as you travel that you can access offline if required.


You also need to understand where you are transiting on your flight and what the COVID entry requirements are for that country. This is a step that can often be forgotten to a traveller’s detriment. If you are transiting through an area on a higher alert level than where you departed from – you may be denied entry into your final destination without the adequate paperwork.


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