Air New Zealand announced on Tuesday that passengers on domestic flights will be required to show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test before boarding.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the change, which is set to go into effect in December, is about reducing the spread of Covid-19 ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer as New Zealanders reconnect with friends when lockdown restrictions are supposed to be eased before Christmas.
“Delta (variant) has really upped the stakes. What once kept us safe is no longer enough and we need an extra layer of protection. That’s why we’re taking a step further to keep our customers safe, while allowing all Kiwis to fly,” Foran said.
The airline hopes to implement the change by December 14 for a trial period ending March 31, 2022.
It will apply to all passengers aged 12 and up who fly on an Air New Zealand flight within New Zealand.
All New Zealand government-approved vaccines and tests will be accepted.
Passengers are advised to use the Air New Zealand mobile app to connect their vaccination status in the government’s My Vaccine Pass with booking details, allowing check-in to proceed smoothly.
Those who have not been fully immunised must show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure.
According to the Ministry of Health, 78 percent of eligible people are fully vaccinated nationwide, with a goal of 90 percent for Kiwis to return to a new normal life.