Qantas imposes major COVID rule on international flights to major destinations
Travelers will no longer need to wear masks on several outbound international flights as Australia’s national carrier drops the much-hated COVID-19 requirement on certain routes.
Qantas last week reported face coverings would no longer be required on some outbound flights to align with mask rules at destination.
This means passengers won’t need to mask up on flights from NSW, QLD and WA to Europe, the UK and the US from Tuesday.
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However, travelers must always wear a face covering when flying to Australia and on domestic flights within the country, in accordance with current government regulations.
“Given the different rules in different jurisdictions overseas as well as for domestic flights in Australia and now at airports, we appreciate that some of our customers may find the mask requirements confusing, particularly when they have flights. correspondence,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“We are doing our best to help them prepare for their flights and continue to talk to governments about the need for more consistent rules.
“We will continue to make masks available on all our flights and appreciate that some customers may wish to continue wearing them for the duration of their journey, regardless of international rules that apply.”
It comes as the federal government announced last week that Australia’s main health protection committee had recommended that mask-wearing be removed from airport terminals.
It was then up to individual states and territories to drop the mandate, with NSW, QLD, SA, WA and the NT and ACT all making the switch over the weekend.
The Victorian Government has announced that masks will be scrapped at airport terminals from 11.59pm on Friday.
“We welcome AHPPC’s recommendation that would bring airport terminals in line with other community settings where health boards no longer mandate masks,” a Qantas spokesperson said.
“It reinforces that the next step should be to remove mask mandates on planes.”
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has called for the removal of masks on international flights arriving in Australia.
“We made the decision to follow health advice, that’s always prudent. But if you have a situation where on one leg of the flight you have to wear a mask, but not the other, that just doesn’t matter. no sense,” he told 2GB Radio.
“I am not in favor of a mandate from him.”