Ryanair has officially launched its Covid-19 Travel Wallet, where customers can upload details of Covid documents such as negative PCR tests, vaccination certificates.
The budget carrier, which has already said it would roll out such a system, said the wallet is only available in the Ryanair app.
The UK government’s Global Travel Taskforce is discussing whether a form of health certification will be implemented as travel resumes this summer, and EU leaders have also discussed the proposal of so-called ‘vaccine passports’.
Ryanair said it is “confident” the EU’s vaccine rollout programme will see the removal of current travel restrictions in time for the school summer holidays between June and September. It said its Covid-19 Wallet can be used “in the interim”.
The airline said: “Since EU governments won’t have a vaccine passport in place for this summer, Ryanair is mindful that additional Covid travel documents may be required by certain EU countries and Ryanair’s new C-19 Travel Wallet ensures passengers have all their Covid-19 travel documents saved and secure in one place to present at airports on their next getaway.”
Director of marketing, Dara Brady, added: “Many Ryanair customers will be taking their first holiday in over a year, adhering to new travel guidelines and this C-19 Travel Wallet allows customers to store all of their Covid documents such as PCR test results, passenger locator forms and vaccine certificates in the one location with zero fuss or paperwork to worry about.”
“We believe that once the high-risk/elderly population of Europe is vaccinated by the end of May or June, travel restrictions will be relaxed and air travel will experience a bounce back from pent-up customer demand that will see European families travelling again for well-earned Summer holidays to the beaches of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece this summer.”