Qantas to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for International Passengers

Australian flag carrier Qantas will require international travelers to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine before boarding, CEO Alan Joyce said.

Australian flag carrier Qantas will require international passengers to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine before boarding, CEO Alan Joyce said.

The airline is looking at ways to change its terms and conditions to “ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft,” Joyce said in an interview with Australian news network Nine News, adding that the vaccination is a “necessity” once the vaccines are readily available.

“Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market. But certainly, for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” Joyce said.

Joyce also said that the airline is looking at potentially having a “vaccination passport” for passengers to verify “what the vaccine is and whether it’s acceptable to the country you’re traveling to.”

Qantas is the first airline to state that COVID-19 vaccinations are required for international passengers, and Joyce said that other airlines could follow.

“I think it will be a common theme, talking to my colleagues in other airlines across the world,” Joyce said.

Last Nov. 23, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its “digital health pass” is in the final development phase.

IATA said in a statement that the IATA Travel Pass “will support the safe reopening of borders” by verifying “test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements.”

This comes as three pharmaceutical companies — Pfizer with partner BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca — announced high percentage results of the effectiveness of their respective vaccine candidates.


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