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Air New Zealand introduces ‘no jab, no fly’ policy

Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Air New Zealand is introducing a 'no jab, no fly' policy for international travellers, starting in February next year.

The airline will require customers travelling anywhere on its international network to be fully vaccinated.

Chief executive Greg Foran says vaccination against Covid-19 is the new reality of international travel.

He said many destinations New Zealanders wanted to travel to were already closed to unvaccinated visitors.

The policy will apply to all passengers aged 18 and older, arriving or departing New Zealand on an Air New Zealand aircraft.

Anyone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will need to provide proof.

Foran said the decision came through "loud and clear" in recent consultations with employees.

"We want to do everything we can to protect them. Mandating vaccination on our international flights will give both customers and employees the peace of mind that everyone onboard meets the same health requirements as they do."

All flight crew travelling internationally will also require full vaccination.

"We know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the wider New Zealand community. We'll spend the next few months making sure we get this right, ensuring it works as smoothly as possible for our customers. This also gives anyone wanting to travel from next year plenty of time to get their vaccination."

Foran said the company was working on rolling out the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) Travel Pass app, which would check customers' health information against flight details to ensure they are meeting entry requirements for that destination.

The Travel Agents Association said vaccination requirements for international travel will make it more complex, but the move was not a surprise.

President Brent Thomas said it had been expected overseas travelling would be different.

Thomas said the IATA app will make travelling easier for both customers and airlines.

RNZ

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This is a good move.

Posted on 04-10-2021 11:44 | By morepork

Although the Covid vaccination may not provide 100% immunity (as the Smallpox jab did), it is still WAY better than NO protection. Ever since vaccines became available I have been advocating that air travel should require it. I also believe Passengers should be tested in the Departure Lounge with the quick, unobtrusive indicator methods that are now available. Positive results, verified by a second test, should be refused entry and isolated immediately. Air travel involves a certain amount of inconvenience (long waits, flight cancellations, lost luggage... etc); this, in the context of it, is a very small additional imposition that protects all the people travelling. It should be implemented universally by all airlines and countries.

@An alias.

Posted on 04-10-2021 11:36 | By morepork

You ignore the fact that the chances are very much reduced for both events, and the impact is less likely to be life threatening. The current figures show that only an insignificant percentage of new cases are from vaccinated people and the vast majority of new cases are from the unvaccinated. Getting vaccinated increases your personal protection and, at the same time, increases the protection of everybody else.

Sadly you will be wrong

Posted on 03-10-2021 20:14 | By

Can you still catch covid vaxxed ? Can you still transmit covid vaxxed ? All are yes.