Australian visa requirements and hepatitis

Posted 17 September, 2020
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Living with a chronic health condition shouldn’t make you less eligible for a visa, but it can make things more difficult. This information aims to help as a starting point for people living with chronic viral hepatitis to understand some important procedures during the visa application process. Information in this document has been sourced from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website. This factsheet does not replace migration legal advice.

Health Requirements and Testing In Australia, most visa applicants are assessed against minimum health standards. The Department of Home Affairs call this the health requirement, which is in place to protect public health and contain healthcare expenditure. Certain health conditions (including chronic hepatitis) can affect this. If you are applying for a permanent visa, the Department will ask you to arrange a health examination, which may include a blood test for hepatitis. If you are applying for a temporary visa, whether or not you will need a health examination will depend on how long you want to stay in Australia, what your intended activities are, and the type of visa you are applying for.

In most cases you will have to pay the costs of the medical examination, unless you are a Refugee or Special Humanitarian program applicant. A blood test for viral hepatitis is always required for:  People, 15 years and over who want to work or study to be a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic.  Those applying for an onshore protection visa who are 15 years or older.  Children who are being adopted, or a child in the care of an Australian state or territory government welfare authority (hepatitis B only).  Pregnant women who intend to have the baby in Australia (hepatitis B only). All visa applicants must also disclose if they currently have or have previously had hepatitis. Migration and health issues generally only occur if someone has an ongoing chronic infection, and not an acute infection.


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