New Digital Covid Certificates are to be issued to people from this week to reflect booster vaccines, the Minister for Health has said.

The updated certs will be automatically issued to people who have received an additional or booster vaccination in recent months.

In a tweet, Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the European Union is applying a maximum of nine months validity to certs “based on a completed primary vaccination course”.

The new EU regulation on travel takes effect from 1 February.

The minister also said that people can request a Digital Covid Cert of recovery if they have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has confirmed that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into Ireland no longer require a negative PCR or antigen test.

The Cabinet agreed new travel rules yesterday which has resulted in the requirement for vaccinated passengers to have a negative Covid-19 test being dropped.

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Unvaccinated travellers will still be required to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.

The Government moved to require all passengers to have a negative test for the virus when the Omicron variant of Covid-19 first emerged last year.

However, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said now that it is the dominant variant in Ireland the Government has dropped that requirement for vaccinated passengers.

Pre-departure Covid tests for travellers arriving in Northern Ireland are also to be scrapped.

The Department of Health said fully vaccinated passengers and under-18s will no longer need to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival, from 4am tomorrow.

Fully vaccinated passengers are still required to complete a passenger locator form and take a test on or before day two of their arrival.

Additional reporting PA

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