Australian Certificate of Identity

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Australian Certificate of Identity
The front cover of a contemporary Australian biometric Certificate of Identity
Issued by  Australia
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:[1]

  • 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.[2] Holders of a COI who are refugees (but not stateless persons) legally resident in Australia can enter Slovakia visa-free.[2] The maximum length of stay under these visa exemptions is 90 days in a 180-day period.

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