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Polio vaccination – changed requirements

July 24, 2014 by News No Comments

The Australian Government  is introducing additional measures in response to the recent World Health Organisation declaration that polio virus transmission is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Visa applicants applying from outside Australia and those who have spent a period of 28 days or longer on or after 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination of these countries, should be vaccinated against polio prior to their departure.

Applicants lodging new applications will be asked to provide this at the time of lodgement. Applicants attending a medical appointment with a panel physician should take their certificate to the medical appointment.

If the applicant does not provide the vaccination certificate at the time they apply, or at the time they undertake their medical appointment, their case officer may request evidence of polio immunisation status and this could delay the visa application.