Covid vaccination necessary for international travel
Australia’s largest airline, Qantas will require Covid vaccination for all passengers before they can travel on an international flight. The company’s CEO said the rule was likely to be common across the industry.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the implementation will be in place, once the Covid vaccination is made available. The airline is looking to change the terms and conditions for international travelers that will require guests to be vaccinated before they can board an aircraft.
As for domestic travel, Qantas will monitor the Covid situation in the market but for international travelers to and from Australia, it will be necessary.
Qantas predicts the vaccination rule would become a standard practice among airlines around the world. Governments and airlines are currently considering the introduction of electronic vaccination passports.
Borders Remain Closed For International Travelers
Australia’s borders have been closed since March 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19. The country even restricted the number of citizens that can return each week, leaving thousands of Australians stranded overseas.
Qantas has grounded more than two hundred planes and retrenched 8500 employees to offset the USD1.9 billion loss caused by the decline in air travel.
Australia is seeking to create “air travel bubble” that have controlled the spread of the virus. The country may not fully reopen borders to international travelers until a vaccine is available.