Qantas COVID-19 vaccine rules: Alan Joyce reaffirms airline will ban unvaccinated passengers from international flights

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Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has reiterated that the airline will ban unvaccinated passengers from international flights when borders reopen.
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Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has reiterated that the airline will ban unvaccinated passengers from international flights when borders reopen and hopes this will happen in December.

Speaking to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in the latest in a series on vaccination, Mr Joyce said the airline would introduce a policy that would require proof of vaccination before flying.

"Qantas will have a policy that internationally we'll only be carrying vaccinated passengers," he said. "Because we think that's going to be one of the requirements to show that you're flying safe and getting into those countries. We're hoping that can happen by Christmas."

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Link "There's a lot of very important reasons why we should start opening up," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says. Photo: Brent Winstone

Mr Joyce had previously flagged passengers would need to be vaccinated to board international flights last year, before Australia's vaccine rollout began.

The airline announced last month it would make vaccinations mandatory for its 22,000 staff, citing a staff survey that found overwhelming support for vaccines.

Qantas and Jetstar will require frontline staff to be double-vaccinated by November 15 and office staff to be double vaccinated by the end of March. Medical exemptions will be granted.

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