Ireland have set a date for the return of international travel in the country – and it’s a lot closer than you think.

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Restrictions are lifting for Ireland. | © Nick Nice

International travel back on the cards for Ireland

For now, international travel is advised against in Ireland if flying for non-essential reasons. Travellers trying to go abroad face heavy fines if caught on the way to the airport for a holiday. Also, if flyers are coming back from one of fifty countries, they face a two-week stay in a hotel quarantine of the government’s choice. Much like the rest of the world, travel in Ireland is still restricted.

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Travel to return to Ireland. | © Ern Low

However, from the 19th July, Ireland will allow its citizens to travel globally again.

The EU Digital Pass and Ireland

Ireland will also be involved in the EU’s Digital Pass. Similarly to the IATA Travel Pass, the EU’s version will be full of information about the passenger travelling. This data will include test results and the person’s vaccination record.

Thus, the certificate will let those who have received a vaccine, are immune from recovery or have tested negatively to COVID-19 to travel freely among the countries in the European Union. Those outside the EU can travel without restrictions in Ireland, if their country is not considered high risk also.

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EU Digital certificate to play major part. | © Guillaume Perigois

Those looking to travel without a vaccine must have a negative test on arrival into Ireland and be subjected to self-quarantine until their second test comes back negative. The EU have stated that the certificate is not only to allow those vaccinated to travel freely, but to help streamline those that need to quarantine, and those that do not need to.

International travel have been two words on the lips of everyone in the aviation industry as coronavirus restrictions ease around the globe. Do you think everything will go ahead as planned?


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