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Towards the end of 2020, Qantas was one of the first airlines to introduce a rule that required all passengers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Now, following the Australian government’s decision to allow unvaccinated travelers to enter the country, Qantas has said that it will roll back its vaccination rule.
Here’s what Qantas has announced:
“Effective for flights departing from 12.01am 19 July 2022 (AEST), you’re no longer required to provide proof of vaccination to travel on a Qantas aircraft. For departures on or before 18 July, you’re still required to provide proof of vaccination at check-in for your Qantas international flight.”
Passengers are being reminded, however, that just because Qantas will soon not ask to see proof of vaccination, various countries around the world that Qantas serves still require visitors to be fully vaccinated if they are allowed to enter and nothing that Qantas has announced changes that.
Qantas customers should also keep in mind that the airline continues to require passengers to mask-up on all domestic flights and with very limited exceptions, most international flights too (notable exceptions are Qantas’ flights to the US and to the UK).
As of 19 July 2022, Qantas will no longer require all of its international passengers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if they are to be allowed to board. This doesn’t, however, change the fact that a number of countries that Qantas serves won’t permit foreign nationals to enter unless they are fully vaccinated so this rule change won’t affect as many customers as it may at first appear.