Australian Certificate of Identity
|Australian Certificate of Identity|
The front cover of a contemporary Australian biometric Certificate of Identity
|Type of document||Travel document|
|Purpose||International travel document|
|Eligibility requirements||Non-Australian citizens|
|Expiration||Maximum of 3 years|
The Australian Certificate of Identity (COI) is a biometric travel document issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to individuals who are not Australian citizens and are about to leave Australia or one of its territories.
A person in one of the following can apply for a COI:
- Stateless person
- Person in Australia on a protection Class BA subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian or Special Assistance Category 208 to 217 visas
- Holder of a Resolution of Status (RoS) visa (Class CD) subclass 851 who previously held a non-refugee visa
- Voluntary or non-voluntary returnee
- A non-Australian/non-British citizen in Australia whose government does not have a presence in Australia but who has an urgent need to travel for compassionate circumstances and who can show that his/her government cannot provide a travel document in time to meet his/her travel needs.
Holders of a COI who are refugees or stateless persons and legally resident in Australia can enter Germany, Hungary and Slovenia visa-free. Holders of a COI who are refugees (but not stateless persons) legally resident in Australia can enter Slovakia visa-free. The maximum length of stay under these visa exemptions is 90 days in a 180-day period.