More and more countries around the world are saying that tourists will need COVID-19 vaccine before visiting.
According to The Associated Press, officials of Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, said that once the coronavirus vaccine is widely available, passengers will have to get the vaccine before they arrive or travel to the island continent.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline is currently developing ways to electronically verify that people have received the vaccines needed for their intended destinations. Joyce told the AP: “We are looking at changing the terms and conditions for international travelers, that we will require people to be vaccinated before they get on the plane”.
Qantas isn’t the only airline to make these changes, as South Korea’s largest airline, Korean Air, also announced on Tuesday that it will require a vaccination, as “governments are likely to immunization requirements as a condition to lift quarantine requirements for new arrivals.”
Korean Air spokeswoman Jill Chung said any changes to the screening or vaccination regulations would be the result of coordination with local government. “With the world moving closer to coronavirus vaccines and negative tests also becoming a requirement to eliminate travelers from self-quarantine in countries around the world, airlines are feeling the need for having an efficient system to screen passengers for vaccination and testing, ”said Chung.
Aviation authorities in New Zealand echoed Chung’s view, with Air New Zealand saying, “Ultimately, it is generally defining when and how safe to reopen the border and we continue to cooperate closely with the authorities about this. “
Many international airlines are testing the “Common Pass”, an application endorsed by the World Economic Forum to provide a standard format for airlines to evaluate the results of their coronavirus tests. International Air Transport Association also announced that it is working on a COVID-19 Travel Pass app to make it easy for airline passengers to quickly display their COVID credentials at airports.