Australia’s national carrier Qantas will require international travelers to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before flying.
CEO Alan Joyce said the move would be a “necessity” when vaccines are readily available.
He noted the airline was looking at changing its terms and conditions to “ask people to have a vaccination before they get on the aircraft.”
He added, “Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with Covid-19 in the market.”
While Qantas is the first airline to indicate vaccinations would be a must before travel, others could soon follow suit.
An AirAsia spokesperson said once a vaccine is available the airline “will review the requirement for guests to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for international travel.”
Joyce said Qantas was looking at the potential for passengers to have a “vaccination passport” that “certifies what the vaccine is and whether it’s acceptable to the country you’re traveling to.”