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Qantas gives vax guidance


QAnTAs will shortly provide customers with details of certified laboratori­es for pre-departure COVID-19 tests, confirming that any testing required before travel will be at the customer’s expense.

Both outbound and incoming passengers must also be fully vaccinated with a “TGA-approved and recognised COVID-19 vaccine,” the carrier confirmed.

The update was part of a document released yesterday, detailing QF’s requiremen­ts for internatio­nal travel in the lead up to the resumption of flights.

The first QF commercial services are now scheduled to resume from Sydney to Los Angeles and London effective 01 Nov, “for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families including parents”.

The FAQ document confirms that anyone booked to travel to or from Australia on a Qantas aircraft must be fully vaccinated at the time of travel, with the exception of kids aged under 12 or those with a valid exemption.

“Customers may be required to return a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test prior to departure and/or book tests ahead of departure to be taken following arrival at their destinatio­n, depending on the destinatio­n they are travelling to.

“Customers should check the requiremen­ts of their destinatio­n well before their travel date and ensure they comply with the test requiremen­ts of that destinatio­n,” the carrier warned.

On the day of travel customers will be required to carry proof of vaccinatio­n (or exemption), with Qantas confirming it was working to facilitate the use of the IATA Travel Pass for customers to provide an easy and secure way to share this informatio­n with the airline prior to travel.

If a customer arrives at the airport and cannot provide proof of vaccinatio­n (or exemption) they are not eligible to fly.

Customers with exemptions must apply to have this verified by Qantas at least seven days before departure, and will also be required to return a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.

QF said its vax requiremen­ts for internatio­nal travel would be reviewed by 01 Feb 2022, while further details of quarantine requiremen­ts for vaccinated arrivals into NSW are expected to be released in the coming days.

The full document is available for download at

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