Irish based Celtic fans will be happy to hear that Irish Government Ministers are considering new measures which would mean that from tomorrow new rules for international travel would see vaccinated passengers required to show a Digital Covid Certificate only.
The development would see the requirement for a Covid test for vaccinated people dropped which has been a pain in the arse for travelling Celtic fans and an added match day expense. Hopefully this will come into play for Hibs game at home on Monday 17 January and the Scottish Government lift restrictions on only 500 spectators allowed at football games.
Unvaccinated passengers would still show a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival back into Ireland
The measure would require agreement at Cabinet.
The original measure was introduced to stop the new Omicron variant coming into Ireland. But now that the new variant is the dominant strain of the virus, ministers are considering whether to drop the requirement for a Covid test for vaccinated travellers.
In Britain, it’s understood pre-departure coronavirus tests for arriving travellers are likely to be scrapped.
The testing rules for international travel will be discussed at a meeting of the cabinet’s Covid-19 operations (Covid-O) committee today.
The UK’s transport secretary Grant Shapps is understood to be pressing for a relaxation of restrictions to help the airline sector.
There have been calls to drop the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to take a PCR test after arriving in the UK – but such a move may be opposed by the department of health and social care.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.