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Streamlined health requirements

The Department has announced that temporary visa applicants in Australia will not be required to undertake medical examinations and chest x-rays.

Whether you need them, and what examinations you need, depends on:

  • the visa you are applying for
  • how long do you plan to stay in Australia
  • what you plan to do in Australia
  • the country you apply from
  • any special circumstances that might apply to you
  • whether you have any significant medical conditions

This arrangement applies to applicants for the following visa subclasses, and only if you are already in Australia: 401, 403, 405, 407, 408, 410, 417, 462, 461, 476, 482, 485, 500, 590, 600, 870, 995

However, temporary visa applicants in Australia will still be required to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x-rays if they:

  • have applied for a medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa
  • expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment
  • are intending to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic
  • will enter a hospital, aged or disability care facility (if higher tuberculosis risk)
  • are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia
  • will work or train at an Australian childcare centre
  • are aged over 75 years (if applying for a visitor visa)
  • have had previous household contact with tuberculosis or
  • are requested to do so by the Department.

If you have already booked a medical examination but have not yet attended, your appointment may be cancelled, and you will be refunded. If you are not advised that your appointment has been cancelled, you should attend if possible.

This is a temporary measure and applies to all eligible temporary visa applications currently with the Department and new applications made in Australia.

The Government will review these arrangements in early 2023.

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