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Health requirements and medical examinations

As part of the visa application process, you may be required to undergo a health examination, if your circumstances fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you plan to stay in Australia for 6 months or more, you are required to undergo a chest x-ray & a medical examination;
  • If you are likely to enter a health care or hospital environment in Australia, you are required to undergo a chest x-ray and a medical examination;
  • If you are pregnant and intend to give birth in Australia, you are required to undergo a hepatitis B test;
  • If you intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic, you are required to undergo a chest x-ray and a medical examination (including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Blood tests);
  • If you are likely to work (or be a trainee) at an Australian childcare centre, including preschools and creches, you are required to undergo a chest x-ray and a medical examination;
  • If you are aged 75 years or older and applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600), you are required to undergo a medical examination.

Please note that the chest x-ray requirement applies to applicants aged 11 years or over. Children under 11 are required to complete a medical examination instead of a chest x-ray.

If you are applying for a visa while outside Australia you must arrange your medical examinations with a panel doctor. A panel doctor is a doctor or a radiologist who has been appointed by the Australian Government to perform medical examinations on applicants for Australian visas outside Australia.

The medical examination that you will be required to undergo will depend on the period of stay requested and the purpose of the trip.  For Information, please click here.  

For a list of accredited doctors and clinics in Brazil, please click here.

Applicants aged 75 years old or older

Applicants aged 75 year or older will be required to undertake medical examinations with one of the panel doctors. Where necessary, the panel doctor may request additional medical tests. 

The medical examination must be carried out only after the applicant has applied for the visa.  The applicant will receive an email from the DIBP Office in Brasilia which will contain an identification number called HAP ID. This email must be presented by the applicant together with the passport at the time of the consultation with the panel doctor. Panel doctors are able to use the eMedical program where the test results will be recorded electronically. Where necessary, the panel doctor may request additional tests. 

The applicant should schedule the appointment with the panel doctor and any costs related to the examinations and consultations are the responsibility of the applicant. Undergoing a medical examination does not lead to the grant of the visa or any type of reimbursement. 

In certains situations, the medical examinations can be referred to medical authorities in Australia. This process, when it occurs, implies an extension of the average processing time of approximately 4 to 6 weeks, in addition to the usual processing time. 

Where medical examinations are requested due to emergency nature of travel and the applicant has not yet lodged a visa application, the applicant must complete My Health Declarations and present it at the time of the doctor's appointment with the passport.  This service is available via the Department's immiAccount.  

Health Insurance

If you are aged 75 or older or you are a parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident wishing to stay in Australia for a longer period, you will be requested to provide health insurance.  The health insurance certificate must be valid for the period of stay in Australia and attached to the online visa application.

It is recommended that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia as you will not be covered by Australia’s health care system. You need to ensure you have adequate health insurance cover to meet their particular health needs while staying in Australia.

Notice to pregnant applicants

Pregnant applicants are not recommended to undergo x-rays in the first 3 months of gestation. If the applicant decides to undergo such examinations it is advisable to discuss the risks involved with your doctor and the examining physician. Applicants should contact their case officer in the first instance to discuss options, including the possible deferral of visa application.


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Page Last Updated: 5 February 2018