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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Air NZ says no vaccination certificate: no flight

Air New Zealand is to impose a blanket ban on unvaccinated passengers on all its international flights.

Customers intending to fly internationally with Air NZ must be fully vaccinated from February 2022, or will be refused access to the plane.

Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said the airline is working on a system to verify passengers' vaccination status.

"At the moment we have a card that we get, but obviously the plan is to move that to a digital solution," Foran said.

"The Government is working on the Travel Health Declaration, which will be required to be filled out.

"We're staying close to the industry body IATA, and they have something called the Travel Pass, so there'll be a combination of forms here that will be developed over the next four months to make it as seamless as possible.

"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 Air NZ website says customers who are not vaccinated will be required to present proof that vaccination was not a viable option for them for medical reasons.

"Mandating vaccinations for both our employees and customers on our international flights will provide the peace of mind that everyone onboard meets the same health requirements as they do," the airline said.

No news yet on the implementation of a similar plans for domestic flights.

In September, Qantas, Australia's national carrier, said it will require that all passengers on international flights to be vaccinated.

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