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Who needs a health examination?



​​​​You and your family members who apply for a visa with you might need to have health examinations to prove you meet the health requirement.

You might need to have more health examinations if you come from a country where there are public health concerns such as polio or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Learn more about threats to public health.


Permanent and provisional visa applicants


You and any family members applying for the visa with you must have health examinations.

In some circumstances, family members who are not coming to Australia with you might also need to have health examinations.


Temporary visa applicants You and any family members applying for a visa with you might need to have health examinations. Whether you need them, and what examinations you need, depends on:

  • the visa you are applying for

  • how long do you plan to stay in Australia

  • what you plan to do in Australia

  • the country you apply from

  • any special circumstances that might apply to you

  • whether you have any significant medical conditions

Streamlined requirements for temporary visa applicants in Australia

Temporary visa applicants in Australia will still be required to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x-rays if they:

  • have applied for medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa

  • expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment

  • are intending to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic

  • will enter a hospital, aged or disability care facility (if higher tuberculosis risk)

  • are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia

  • will work or train at an Australian childcare centre

  • are aged over 75 years (if applying for a visitor visa)

  • have had previous household contact with tuberculosis or

  • are requested to do so by the Department.

Eligible temporary visa applicants in Australia will not be required to undertake medical examinations and chest x-rays in order to meet the health requirement.

If you have already made a health examination appointment with Bupa Medical Visa Services and have not yet attended it, your appointment may be cancelled and refunded. Bupa will contact you via SMS to advise you of this. Do not contact Bupa to cancel your appointment yourself. If you are not advised that your appointment has been cancelled, you should attend if possible.

This arrangement applies to applicants for the following visa subclasses, and only if you are already in Australia:

  • 401 - Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)

  • 403 - Temporary Work International Relations

  • 405 - Investor Retirement

  • 407 - Training

  • 408 - Temporary Activity

  • 410 - Retirement

  • 417 and 462 - Working Holiday

  • 461 - New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship

  • 476 - Skilled Recognised Graduate

  • 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage

  • 485 - Temporary Graduate

  • 500 - Student

  • 590 - Student Guardian

  • 600 - Visitor

  • 870 - Sponsored Parent (Temporary)

  • 995 - Diplomatic (Temporary)

This is a temporary measure and applies to all eligible temporary visa applications currently with the Department and new applications made in Australia. The Government will review these arrangements in early 2023.


Check if you need to have health examinations


Online visa applications To check whether you need to have health examinations:

  1. Log in to ImmiAccount.

  2. Go to your application.

  3. Click on the 'View health assessment' link in the Applications Status section.

  4. If we need you to have health examinations, you will find a link there called 'Organise health examinations'. There will be no link if we don't need you to have health examinations.

  5. Click on the link and complete your medical history.

When you complete your medical history you will be given a referral letter containing an identifier we call a HAP ID. You need the HAP ID to arrange your health examinations.

Paper visa applications

Your case officer will contact you if you need to have health examinations. You will be given a referral letter containing an identifier we call a HAP ID. You need the HAP ID to arrange your health examinations.


You had health examinations in the last 12 months


You might not need to have all the health examinations again if you had any in the last 12 months. Your referral letter will tell you what examinations you need to take.






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