Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for worldwide vacationers

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag service airline of New Zealand, stated on Sunday it should require passengers on its worldwide flights to be absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19, in what is without doubt one of the world’s strictest insurance policies for travellers.

“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,” Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran stated in a press release.

New Zealand plans to reopen its worldwide borders, which have been closed since March 2020 to anybody who isn’t a New Zealand citizen, early subsequent 12 months. Air New Zealand will implement the vaccination coverage from Feb. 1, the airline stated.

“As with anything, there will be some that disagree,” Foran stated. “However, we know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the wider New Zealand community.”

In September, Qantas (QAN.AX), Australia’s largest airline, additionally stated it should require that every one passengers on worldwide flights to be vaccinated, turning into one of many first airways on this planet to require proof of inoculation for everybody on board.

Reporting and writing in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Sandra Maler

Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017.   REUTERS/Nigel Marple