The CEO of Qantas Airways announced that the airline will likely require passengers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus for future international travel.
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce made the revelation during an interview, explaining he’s discussed a possible “vaccine passport” with other airline executives from around the globe as an additional safeguard for international travel.
“We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travelers, that we will ask people to have the vaccination before they get on the aircraft,” Joyce told Australia’s 9News, The Associated Press reports.
Joyce said that he and his counterparts were exploring ways to electronically verify that passengers have the necessary inoculation (once a virus vaccine becomes widely available) for their intended destination — an ambitious task.
“But certainly for international visitors coming out, and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” he stressed.
The CEO of Australia’s flag-carrying airline didn’t disclose whether the COVID-19 vaccine rule would be mandated for domestic air travel within the country. The carrier was contacted for further comment.
In related updates, spokespersons for both Korean Air and Air New Zealand have said that the airlines may, too, ultimately require passengers to get vaccinated in order to fly.
However, such a policy could only be enforced in accordance with the government, per the AP.
“This is not something for airlines to independently decide,” said Jill Chung, a spokesperson for Korean Air.
So far, Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand have all successfully minimized the spread of COVID-19 within their borders amid the global pandemic. All three nations have focused on keeping infected people out.