Qantas to ban unvaccinated passengers heading overseas

Qantas has confirmed that all passengers flying overseas will have to be fully vaccinated, as the carrier prepares for the resumption of international flights in December.

Japan, Singapore, the US and the UK are on the short list for destinations set to open for Aussies, with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce saying it will introduce a policy that would require proof of vaccination before flying.

“And Qantas will have a policy that internationally, we’ll only be carrying vaccinated passengers, because we think that’s going to be one of the requirements to show that you’re flying safe in getting into those countries,” said Joyce.

“We’re hoping that can happen by Christmas.”

While there are no guarantees international flights will resume, the plan does have the backing of both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who have backed opening international borders once an 80 per cent vaccination target is met.

Joyce also took a dig at those states which have signalled a reluctance to open their borders.

“Unfortunately, I think there’s one or two states that are taking a conservative view on that and departing from the national plan,” he said.

“So we might get a situation where from Sydney you can get to your relatives in London or maybe Dublin, but you can’t visit your relatives in Perth or maybe Cairns.

“That’d be sad, if we got to that. Hopefully we can keep to the national plan where everyone can get together internationally and domestically.”

Qantas recently announced that all its staff would have to be double jabbed but has yet made no decision around mandating vaccinations for domestic passengers.

“We haven’t made a call on that or a decision on it,” Joyce said last month, adding that there were “a lot of logistical and other issues to resolve” before any decision could be made.