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Old 05-03-2019, 04:20 AM
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Visa Condition 8501 Health Cover - Before Entering Australia?

Hello, my TSS 482 visa was granted on 30th April and I will be flying to Melbourne on 5th of May. Do I have to get a health insurance plan before I enter Australia? One of the visa condition I have is 8501 Health Cover, and I was wondering if its possible to settle down in Melbourne first, then get health insurance?

Another question I have is that after the visa is granted, do I have to do anything? I think it's electronically linked to my passport, but I just want to make sure...


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"8501 - Health cover: The visa holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance during their stay in Australia."

So my understanding is you would be you need OVHC insurance from 5/5/2019.

Pretty sure you can just travel with your passport, but no harm in having a hardcopy of your visa grant letter imho.

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If you settled down in Melbourne first and then signed up for a health insurance plan, wouldn't you have been in violation of your visa condition when you entered Australia without health insurance? And that's only if you're not asked for proof of it upon entry at border control.


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Hello everyone, just an update in case other people are searching for the same question! I did get health insurance, but I was not asked for it at immigration (self-service with biometric passport). My country is not eligible for reciprocal healthcare. So if you're in the same situation as me, you can consider taking your time to do more research on the various insurance plan and asking around! Thank you


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When it's a condition of your visa that you maintain health coverage, then you need to maintain health coverage. They won't check this when you arrive at the airport, but if you intend to apply for a new visa in the future, you may need to show evidence that you've complied with your current one.

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