Kovid requires Kovid vaccinations for international flights.

(CNN) – Australia’s national carrier Qantas will require future international travelers to prove that they have been vaccinated against the Kovid-19 before flying.
Airline CEO Alan Joyce said in an interview with CNN affiliate Nine News on Monday that the move would be a “necessity” when coronavirus vaccines are readily available.

Joyce said the airline changed its terms and conditions to “ask people to get vaccinated before boarding the plane.”

The Contessa chief said, “Do you need domestically, we have to see what happens with the Kovid-19. But of course for international visitors coming out and leaving the country, we think it’s a the wanted.”

While Qantas is the first airline to state that Kovid-19 vaccinations will be very necessary before travel, others may soon follow suit.

“I think that would be a common topic, talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the world,” Joyce said.

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways in Sydney, Australia on February 20, 2020.

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A spokesperson for AirAsia told CNN Travel on Tuesday that once the vaccine was available, the airline would “review the need to vaccinate guests against Kovid-19 for international travel.”

Air New Zealand said it was “really encouraged by the news around vaccines” and said in a statement that “Ultimately, it is for governments to determine when and how it is safe to reopen borders and we will Continue to work closely with the authorities. “

Whether the vaccine requirement for travel is an international standard is certain at this stage. There are also questions about whether governments will implement such steps – and the legality of doing so – before allowing international travelers in their countries.

This debate has emerged as a promising result in the fight against coronovirus in this month by three drug manufacturers. AstraZeneca announced on Monday that its experimental coronavirus vaccine showed an average efficacy of 70% in large-scale trials, Modern announced earlier in November that its vaccine against coronovirus was 94.5% effective, and Pfizer / Bioentech revealed Did that its vaccine was 95%. Effective.

But the issue of how to safely start travel during an epidemic is with some airlines and countries. Airlines around the world have suffered a drop in travel and countries lacked the necessary tourism revenue.

The Qantas 737-800 aircraft was parked on the runway at Sydney Airport on 20 May 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

The Qantas 737-800 aircraft was parked on the runway at Sydney Airport on 20 May 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

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Vaccination passport and health pass

Joyce said Kentas was looking at the possibility of a “vaccinated passport” for travelers to “certify what the vaccine is and whether it is acceptable for the country you’re traveling to.”

This is something the airline industry is seriously thinking about.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the body representing airlines globally – said on Monday that a digital health pass, which may include vaccine information, is the key to opening borders.

The IATA Travel Pass is now in the final stages of its development. The airline body plans to conduct cross-border pilot trials with the aim of launching in the first quarter of 2021 later this year.

“Today, borders are double locked. Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures,” said Alexandre de Juniak, director general and chief executive officer of IATA, in a statement.

The second information required to securely manage, share, and match test data with passenger identities is global information infrastructure in compliance with border control requirements. This is an IATA travel pass job. We are also bringing it to market in the coming months. Meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operations. “

Speaking at the virtual G20 leaders meeting on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed for a global Kovid-19 tracking system using QR codes to accelerate travel and trade internationally.
The Australian Government has also indicated that vaccination may be mandatory when entering the country. Its Kovid-19 vaccination policy, announced last week, stated that vaccination would be voluntary, “however, there may be circumstances where the Australian Government and other governments may submit border entry or re-entry requirements that are based on evidence of vaccination Are conditional. “

Flights resume as border control

Australia implemented some of the world’s strictest lockdown measures and travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus, including 14-day quarantine for arrivals, and domestic travelers have been told to close their internal borders.
On Monday, the border between New South Wales and Victoria’s former virus hotspot reopened after four months. Flights between Sydney and Melbourne, once the country’s busiest flight route and the world’s second busiest domestic route, also resumed during the lockdown as low as one per day.

Qantas and Jetstar – which once operated one flight every 15 minutes along this route in peak periods – launched 17 flights between Sydney and Melbourne on Monday. The airline said the reopening route would boost the overall domestic capacity of the Kantas Group.

On Tuesday, the airline said that Kent and Jetstar would operate more than 1,200 additional return flights to Queensland, led by the Queensland government, following a decision by the Queensland government to lift border restrictions.

Emphasizing travel demand, Qantas launched “Flight to Novar” in September, where passengers spent seven hours flying in a loop across the continent, passing over sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. The airline said tickets sold out within 10 minutes.

However, the airline’s international fleet remains at the ground level. In August, Qantas said it was “unlikely” to resume international flights before July 2021, as it suffered heavy losses due to the epidemic.

Qantas reported a loss of 2.7 billion Australian dollars ($ 1.9 billion) for the fiscal year ending in June and a 91% drop in profit from the prior year. The airline also announced at least 6,000 job cuts because it said Joyce “is the biggest crisis our industry has ever faced.”

Jennifer Hauser of CNN contributed to the reporting.


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