Qantas to make virus vaccine compulsory for international travel

The head of Australian airline Qantas has said that passengers will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, once options become widely available, to travel on international flights.

Joyce said he believed airlines across the world would take a similar stance and were looking into options for a digital passport to verify what vaccine passengers have been inoculated with.

“There’s a lot of logistics, a lot of technology to make this happen, but the airlines and the government are working on this as we speak.”

Australia closed its borders to international travellers in March, with the government indicating that travel to the United States and Europe will not be possible until a successful vaccine is available.

In August Qantas reported that the pandemic had slashed its 12-month revenue by 20.6 percent, equating to 4 billion Australian dollars (2.9 billion US dollars).