Irish Holidaymakers Urged to Check Travel Restrictions Before EU COVID-19 Passport Issuance on Monday
After waiting almost three weeks longer than other European countries to issue the EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport, Irishmen are warned to carefully check their country of destination travelling restrictions, as they are constantly changing, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Unlike Germany, Czechia, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Denmark, which have started issuing the EU COVID-19 vaccination passport first, on June 1, Ireland waited until July 19 to connect to the EUDCC gateway. This delay is believed to have happened due to cyber attacks that happened in May, which were aimed at the country’s health service provider.
However, the document intends to facilitate the travel process across Europe for all European citizens of Member States fully vaccinated with the authorised vaccines from the European Medicines Agency such as Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen. In addition, people who are immune to the virus due to previous infection or those who recently tested negative are also eligible to obtain such a document.
As Irishmen are getting ready to spend their holidays abroad, many territories are implementing their own travel restrictions and requirements, taking into account the Coronavirus situation in the traveller’s country of origin, especially those countries that are experiencing surges of infection rates in the Delta variant of Coronavirus.
“The most important thing is people know the restrictions of the country they’re going to, as they are changing all the time,” Sarah Slattery, TheTravelExpert.ie owner, said.
She also noted that even in Ireland, rules are constantly changing as children over seven were required to provide PCR tests, and now children under 12 won’t have to do so anymore.
France, one of the EU’s most stringent COVID rules imposer has recently announced it will alter the travel advice against unvaccinated travellers from the UK, Spain and Portugal.
Although those rules do not apply to fully vaccinated Irish citizens, it’s important to note the particular rules France has in place concerning vaccines.
On the other hand, Spanish authorities allow tourists from Ireland a free of quarantine entrance if they provide proof of vaccination, recovery certificate, or negative PCR tests.
Irish travellers will face three health checks and might be required to attend a medical appointment if they fail the health checks.
Travellers are obliged first to fill in a form that indicates where they will stay during their trip and whether they were previously infected with the virus. Then they will have their temperature taken at the airport and have a visual inspection done to them.
According to the World Health Organisation, Ireland has reported 12 deaths related to Coronavirus in the recent 24 hours, whereas 783 positive cases have been registered. As of July 13 2021, a total of 4,861,257 vaccine doses have been administered in the country.