Qantas to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Int’l Travelers Before Flying

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.”

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