Ryanair will not require passengers to have 'vaccine passports' for EU flights

Ryanair will not require passengers to have 'vaccine passports' for EU flights

RYANAIR have confirmed that passengers won't need to get a Covid-19 vaccination in order to fly with them.

Earlier this week, Australian airline Qantas revealed that they were considering adopting a 'vaccination passport' system, which would require passengers to provide proof of a jab before they can fly.

If successful, the initiative could be rolled out for airlines all over the world, in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.

But Ryanair have said they won't be partaking in the idea, stressing that requiring passengers to get a Covid vaccine is "not really relevant" for short-haul flights to Europe.

Chief executive Eddie Wilson said Europe will be an "entirely different landscape" next year compared to nations that only have to consider their own border rules.

Mr Wilson said that such requirements work for places like Australia, where pretty much the only way into the country is by plane, but in Europe, people can travel all over the continent with ease by car or by train.

"With Qantas, they're a long-haul operator - vaccinations in that context are really for long haul," he said.

"With short haul and freedom of movement of people in Europe… I think we'll see an entirely different landscape come spring and early summer, not really relevant for short haul and European travel.

"In Paris, if you were to choose no vaccination… you'd just get a train instead," he added.