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Australians who wish to travel abroad after the country's international borders open on 1 November can obtain proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations to show at immigration control points abroad.

A statement from the Australian Government on Monday said the proof of vaccination would be available from Tuesday for those who had valid passports or valid visas and had their vaccinations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register.

The names of six ministers were listed at the start of the statement, but not a single quote was provided.

The statement said the easiest way to obtain this proof of vaccination was through Medicare on one's my.Gov account or by using the Medicare Express app.

"The international proof of vaccine will enable fully vaccinated Australians to depart Australia and to travel internationally consistent with the National Plan to transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response," the statement said.

"It can be downloaded digitally or printed and is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps such as the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass.

"The international proof of vaccination features a secure QR code to prove COVID-19 vaccination status to border authorities around the world and increases a person’s ability to travel safely and with confidence.

"The Visible Digital Seal technology within the international proof of vaccination is world-leading, it is as secure as an Australian passport, and authenticated in the same way.

"The international certificate meets the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization and conforms with World Health Organization guidance.

"Australia will share the Visible Digital Seal technology, building a curated library of technical documents to assist interested countries develop their own vaccination certificates."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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