Air New Zealand has announced that it will require international travelers to prove they are doubly vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to fly from next year.
The national carrier says it is preparing for the potential resumption of international travel to and from New Zealand by asking passengers aged 18 and over to receive both doses of a vaccine by the 1st. February 2022. Those who are not vaccinated will have to prove that they are unable to obtain the vaccine for medical reasons.
Managing Director Greg Foran said, “We are preparing to reconnect with the world and educate our customers on what they need to do to be ready to take off when we can.
“Being vaccinated against Covid-19 is the new reality of international travel – many destinations Kiwis want to visit are already closed to unvaccinated visitors. The faster we get vaccinated, the faster we can transport Kiwis to places like New York, Vancouver, and Narita.
“We have heard from customers and employees that this measure is important to them. This came out loud and clear in our recent employee consultation process and we want to do everything we can to protect them. Making vaccination mandatory on our international flights will give customers and employees the peace of mind that everyone on board meets the same health requirements as them. “
Air New Zealand is rolling out the IATA Travel Pass, which will allow passengers to prove their vaccination or medical condition, and carriers to verify their information against flight details.
The airline is joining its partner Qantas in demanding that all international passengers be vaccinated, while several US carriers such as United Airlines and American Airlines have introduced vaccination warrants for staff. U.S. domestic passengers may soon be subject to requirements after California Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed a bill that would require all air travelers to provide proof of full vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or a negative test before boarding an airplane.