No jab, no trip: passports could contain proof of vaccination stored in a microchip.
Qantas plans to make vaccination against COVID-19 compulsory for passengers once the airline resumes international flying next year, and expects other airlines around the world will follow suit.
Speaking with Channel 9’s A Current Affair this evening, CEO Alan Joyce said “we are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travellers, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.”
The prospects of mandatory vaccination on domestic flights would depend on “what happens with COVID-19 in the market, but certainly for international visitors coming out, and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”
Joyce added that proof of vaccination would likely be stored in an electronic ‘digital passport’ which is already under development by airlines and governments around the world.