If you’re healthy and you know it, clap your hands! But if you find yourself huffing and puffing when bringing your palms together, you may run into complications when making your move Down Under. This is because most visa applicants are required to meet certain minimum health requirements when moving to Australia.
The country enjoys among the best health standards in the world, so it would make sense that if you’re planning to stay put there, the rest of the population doesn’t start gasping for air every time you cough.
Before you start popping vitamins or taking your blood pressure on an hourly basis, do note that these requirements are not as stringent as they sound. You may only face visa difficulties if you have a disease or medical condition that is:
- Considered a threat to public health or a danger to the nation’s community. For example, tuberculosis testing is mandatory if you’re applying for a permanent visa.
- Likely to result in major healthcare and community service costs to others in your community.
- Liable to require healthcare and community services that limit the access of citizens and other permanent residents to those services (which may be in short supply).
In most cases, however, if you’re certified free from any disease or condition by a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth, you’ll be clapping your hands in glee all the way to Australia. Unless, of course, you decide to bring along your antique wooden picture frame when you move, which brings us to……our next article.