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Is health insurance required for your Australian visa?

Is health insurance required for your Australian visa?

​Evidence of adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia is usually required.

The public health system, Medicare, covers most Australian residents for health care.

Eligibility under Medicare is governed by the Health Insurance Act 1973, is generally restricted to people who are permanently residing in Australia, and are either:

  • Australian citizens
  • permanent visa holders
  • New Zealand citizens, or in certain circumstances, applicants for permanent residence visas.

Since most visitors to Australia do not have access to Medicare, temporary visa applicants are asked to take out some form of visitor’s health cover for the duration of their stay.

If you are not eligible for Medicare, you are responsible for any unplanned medical or hospital care you may need in Australia.

The Department might also consider any outstanding health debts you have if you apply for a visa in future – therefore, it’s important that you get the best value private health insurance product for your time in Australia.

The Department might ask you to provide a copy of a current private health insurance policy held with an Australian registered private health insurer for you and any additional applicants applying for the visa with you.

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The information provided is for general use only and should NOT be taken as Migration Advice. For information about your circumstances, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Milestone Migration for immigration assistance.

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