Air New Zealand will require customers travelling anywhere on its international network to be fully vaccinated from 1 February 2022.
This requirement will apply to all passengers aged 18 and older. Customers who are not vaccinated will be required to present proof that vaccination was not a viable option for them for medical reasons.
“Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the new reality of international travel –many of the destinations Kiwis want to visit are already closed to unvaccinated visitors. The quicker we get vaccinated, the sooner we can fly Kiwis to places like New York, Vancouver and Narita,” says Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran.
“We’ve been hearing from both customers and employees that this measure is important to them. It came through loud and clear in our recent consultation process with employees and 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.
“It’s not just customers who will be required to be vaccinated – it’s everyone on board an Air New Zealand aircraft travelling internationally, adding to the health and safety measures we already have in place. Another tool in our toolbox.”
To implement this policy, the airline is working on rolling out the International Air Transport Associations (IATA) Travel Pass app, the same as Qantas. The app will check customers’ health information against flight details to ensure they are meeting entry requirements for their destination and the airline.
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