Air New Zealand announced it will require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers starting in February 2022.
“Increasingly, the places Kiwis like to fly to will be closed to unvaccinated visitors, and we’re working on ways to streamline the travel process for you,” Air New Zealand said in an email, according to Sky News.
The rule will apply to international travelers 18 years old and over departing or arriving in New Zealand.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 3, 2021
“As with anything, there will be some that disagree,” Foran said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“However, we know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the wider New Zealand community,” it added.
Many airlines have required proof of a negative COVID-19 test to fly internationally, but Air New Zealand has become one of the first to require proof of vaccination.
The move may lead to other airlines following the practice. Many airlines already require all employees to be vaccinated, a move that sparked controversy among many.