I suppose when Services Australia created that process no priority was given to getting foreign immunisation recognised prior to a person’s return to Australia because vaccination conferred no advantage in terms of mandatory quarantine; and that is still the case today.Yes I am worried about this for Seat Son, who had Indian made AZ in Dubai, where he lives. I would want him to be recognised as vaccinated and not have to do Hotel Quarantine when next he can come home.
Oh yes, I see that Catch 22 is alive and well. If it didn't affect me personally, it would be hilarious.
Seat Son's planned August/September visit, that was cancelled due to cap reduction, was in part to address an issue like that. He had to attend a bank in person to be identified, despite already being a client of that bank, who had previously been identified! Plus he wanted to renew his Australian driving licence, but again had to do that in person because he had previously taken the "not in person" renewal option.
We must hope that urgency is being given now to Australian recognition of foreign vaccination so that (say) a UK or EU digital certificate can be loaded into the new VDS-NC app prior to travel, or less directly the foreign vaccination can be entered in the AIR from overseas and an Australian certificate is then available prior to return here.
Naturally there has been much discussion of home quarantine logistics but I think the problem of sorting arrivals into vaccinated (home quarantine) and unvaccinated (hotel quarantine) is just as much a potential show-stopper. Recognition of foreign vaccination is also logically going to be a factor in Australia’s selection of exactly which countries to designate as ‘safe’ enough for arrivals from them to qualify for home quarantine if vaccinated.
Perhaps inbound travel could start without a full technology-enabled solution but that will mean the onus will be on airlines to do initial authentication of hard copy documents pre-departure, followed by time-consuming processing on arrival at an Australian airport.
Overseas practice must have some pointers. I’m unclear how the UK, for instance, is going to handle the same issue from 4 Oct when their recognition of foreign vaccination expands significantly from UK/EU/US only – to include acceptance of Australian & NZ certificates among many others.
There will be a solution and I know there is no mileage in pursuing this sort of thing but if only the communication about essential enablers for international travel wasn't so woeful....