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When to have health examinations

​Depending on the visa you apply for, it might be best to wait until after you apply for a visa to have your health examinations. See the After you apply section to learn which visas this applies to.

Before you apply for a visa (My Health Declarations)

It can take several weeks to assess your health. We might ask you to have more health examinations depending on our assessment. 

You might avoid delay by completing your health examinations before you apply for a visa through My Health Declarations (MHD). 

MHD is a free service, but you must pay for any health examinations you have. You can include any family members you will include in your visa application when you use MHD.

Don't use MHD if:

  • the visa you want to apply for is not listed there. This means you must apply for your visa before you have health examinations
  • you have already lodged a visa application. Wait until your case officer asks you to have health examinations and gives you your unique health assessment identifier, or HAP ID. If you don't, you might delay processing of your visa application
  • the visa that you are intending to apply for can take more than 6 months to process

Your health examination results are generally only valid for a maximum of 12 months. If you have your health examinations before you apply for a visa that takes more than 6 months to process and there is a delay in processing your application, you might need to have more health examinations. You will have to pay to have the examinations again. 

To use MHD:

  1. Log into ImmiAccount.
  2. Find the 'My Health Declarations' form.
  3. Fill out the form and submit it. 
  4. After you submit the form, check for the 'Organise health examinations' link. If there is no 'Organise health examinations' link, you don't need to have health examinations.
  5. Follow the link and complete your medical history.

For more details, see our guidelines on completing the My Health Declarations form. If you have any technical difficulties after following the guidelines, use our ImmiAccount Technical Support Form to contact us.

When you have completed your medical history, you will be provided a referral letter. The letter will contain your HAP ID. You need the HAP ID to arrange your health examinations. 

You can reprint your referral letter if you need to. Access your My Health Declarations form again via ImmiAccount and click on the 'Organise your health examinations' link.

See more about arranging your health exams.

You will also be asked if you plan to apply for a permanent visa in the next 6 to 12 months and want to be assessed now for permanent stay. You will have to have more health examinations if you answer yes. You must pay for these health examinations.

If your circumstances change after you submit your MHD form and before you have completed your health examinations, let the panel clinic know when you to to your appointment.

Including your family when you use My Health Declarations

You can include family members on your My Health Declarations form. Don't include any family members who are not migrating with you on the form. We will let you know if your non-migrating family members need to have health examinations after you apply for the visa.

After you apply for a visa

Wait until after you apply for one of these visas. We will tell you if you need health examinations.

  • Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601)
  • eVisitor (Subclass 651)
  • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa (subclass 449)
  • Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) visa (subclass 786)

If you apply for one of the provisional visas listed in the left-hand column of this table, your visa processing officer or case officer will let you know if you need to have another health examination when you apply for the permanent visa on the right.

You had permanent health examinations for one of these visasAnd you are now applying for this visa
Contributory Parent (Subclass 173 or 884)
Contributory parent (Subclass 143 or 864)
Skilled – Regional (Subclass 475, 487 or 489)Skilled-regional (Subclass 887)
Business Innovation and Investment (Subclass 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165 or 188)Skilled-sponsored (Subclass 888)