Qantas KEEPS its strict vaccine mandate for international flights – even though Australia has finally moved on from draconian Covid border rules
- Qantas will maintain vaccination mandate for international arrivals
- Federal government is dropping vaccine rule from midnight on Wednesday
- The airline is resisting calls to follow suit and will maintain the condition
Qantas will maintain its vaccination mandate for international flights despite Australia finally dropping the strict border requirement.
From midnight on Wednesday, July 6, the country will drop the jab rule for all overseas arrivals as the country shifts back to pre-pandemic measures.
However Qantas – one of the first Australian companies to introduce mandates for staff and passengers alike – will resist calls to follow the national advice and will keep the condition in place.
A spokeswoman for the national carrier confirmed there were no immediate plans to overturn the decision.
Qantas will maintain its vaccination mandate for international flights despite Australia dropping the border requirement on Wednesday
Qantas remains locked in a legal battle with former staff who were sacked over refusing to get the jab last year.
The decision to keep the vaccine mandates come despite CEO Alan Joyce publicly pushing for in-flight and airport mask mandates to be axed.
The federal government is also dropping digital passenger declarations for arrivals into the country.
Clare O’Neil, the Home Affairs Minister, said Labor is looking at phasing out the old paper entry form to a digital version, but admitted it needed ‘a lot more work to make it user friendly’.
Virgin Australia are currently reviewing its own vaccination rule, while the other major airlines don’t have any rules on the jab.
Despite maintaining its staunch vaccination rule, under fire CEO Alan Joyce has been vocal about easing mandates around mask use
Officials were planning to speak with airlines on Monday to go over the changes to border entry.
The relaxing of vaccine rules is welcome news for tourism, with Brisbane Airport’s CEO telling the Telegraph it cleared another ‘hurdle’ for international travel.
‘Australia is competing for every tourist dollar, and for thousands of potential visitors, this will make us a more attractive destination,’ Gert-Jan de Graaff said.
‘We know the travel industry globally is facing staffing challenges as we gear back up to pre-Covid levels, and this will certainly help.’