Assuming you travel by plane from Germany to Australia and you have an eVisitor visa for tourism or business, how would the officers at the border check

  1. that you have no convictions and

  2. that you are mostly healthy (no tuberculosis, etc.)?

The Web site from where you get an eVisitor visa doesn't mention any documents that you have to provide to prove the above.

Personal experiences are welcome.


When you land in Australia, you will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card. One of the questions on the card is (emphasis original):

If you are NOT an Australian citizen:

  • Do you have tuberculosis?
  • Do you have any criminal conviction/s?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should expect further questioning by an immigration officer.

The Department's page on the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa specifically states:

If you have a criminal conviction in any country, apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) instead. If you arrive in Australia on an eVisitor with a criminal conviction, you might be refused entry.

  • It's easy to overlook the fact that one's own statements about health and criminal history is in fact evidence. Of course, it is not necessarily reliable, since the source is far from impartial, but it is usually the only evidence that will be available. +1 – phoog Nov 30 '19 at 15:00

In short, the officers at the border do not check your criminal record or health condition, since that was already done earlier when your visa application is processed. You are thus not also required to carry any documentation about either.

That said, Customs may choose to investigate, detain or quarantine you if you appear visibly sick or answer "yes" to the tuberculosis/criminal record questions. So if you have a non-contagious medical condition that could be misinterpreted as something else (say, chronic coughing caused by an allergy to duty-free shopping), it would be wise to take along a doctor's statement about this.

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    The only thing about this answer that is more amusing than "chronic coughing caused by an allergy to duty free shopping" is imagining a border officer's reaction to a doctor's statement about chronic coughing caused by an allergy to duty free shopping. – phoog Nov 30 '19 at 15:02

During the Visa application process certain questions will be asked and background checks made.

Depending on the answers/results, further information may be requested pertaining to

  • health examinations
  • Character requirements

So after a visa has been issued, the likelihood is slim that the entry officer will be asking again.

A visa can be cancelled before any arrival should they come to the conclusion that faulty information has been given or that the situation has changed.

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 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

Check if you need to have health examinations
Online visa applications

To check whether you need to have health examinations:

  • Log in to ImmiAccount.
  • Go to your application.
  • Click on the 'View health assessment' link in the Applications Status section.
  • 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.
  • 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 must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character.
When applying:

  • declare all criminal conduct you have engaged in
  • truthfully answer all questions
  • provide all requested information
  • We consider all circumstances of a case. Even if you do not meet the character requirements, we, or the Minister for Home Affairs can choose to grant your visa.

If you are not completely honest about your criminal history, we may refuse your application.

After you apply
We may ask you to:

  • provide a police certificate

Police certificates
We may ask you to provide a police certificate (also called a penal clearance certificate) from every country you lived in.
If we ask you for one, it will usually be if you are over 17 and lived in any of the listed countries, including Australia, for at least 12 months in the past 10 years.


  • Thx! Any personal experience? – MdAyq Nov 29 '19 at 14:44
  • @MdAyq No, other than never being asked for an complete heath history or a criminal record certificate by a immigration officer. These are not things that the average traveler has with them. – Mark Johnson Nov 29 '19 at 14:48
  • Concerning by a immigration officer: you mean, by an Australian immigration officer? – MdAyq Nov 29 '19 at 14:50
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    Not only does this not answer the OP's question about what happens at the border, but virtually everything you quote (health checks, police certificates etc) applies only to long-term visas, not eVisitor. – lambshaanxy Nov 30 '19 at 7:16
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    @Mark Johnson Having a criminal record disqualifies you from being eligible for eVisitor. Also, your own assertion that you meet the health requirement is sufficient, you are not required to provide any sort of proof or undergo a health check. – lambshaanxy Nov 30 '19 at 12:24

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