Air NZ to relax vax requirements but keeps mask mandate

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Air New Zealand says that from 14 April 2022, passengers will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test to fly around New Zealand, and from 1 May 2022, it will remove the no jab, no fly policy for international flights. It’s important to note international visitors will still need to meet the relevant Government entry requirements.

The airline says as Omicron took hold in the community, it put in place temporary measures and that after a “careful risk assessment, we feel now is the right time to step back some of those measures”. The decision comes hours after the country moved from the red covid setting to orange.

From Friday, 15 April 2022, Air NZ will start to bring its food and beverage service back on board.

“New Zealand and the world is moving back towards a sense of normality,” says the firm. “We’re seeing customers return to our domestic network and we’re welcoming back Australians from today, with visitors from visa waiver countries such as United Kingdom, United States, Canada and more, shortly after.

“We’re aware Covid is not behind us yet so we have taken a considered approach and will continue to revise safety measures based on what we’re seeing here in New Zealand and around the world,” says the firm in an email to customers Wednesday.

“For that extra layer of protection, masks will still be required onboard domestic and international flights.”

The company says it is expecting a bumper Easter with an increase in customers travelling to, from and across New Zealand.

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