Ireland will reopen for tourism on July 19 to all EU and other third-party countries.
The nation is currently open for essential travel to most countries but all visitors must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Visitors who arrive in the country without a negative PCR test will face a fine of up to €2,500 or even prison. Additionally, they must take a test within 36 hours of being in the territory. Not taking the test may result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
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July 2 – Ireland unable join the new EU Digital COVID Passport system on July 1 due to cyberattack
The European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders announced Ireland was unable to join the new EU Digital COVID Certificate (EDCC) system that will facilitate travel across Europe due to a massive ransomware attack.
“Due to a cyberattack in Ireland it was difficult to reach the goal to have all of the technical solutions in place before the 1st of July but for all the other member states we don’t have any concerns about the way to proceed”.
The country refused to pay any ransom to hackers involved in the attack. According to reports, Ireland will be ready to join the system on July 19.
June 20 – Ireland confirms resumption of international tourism on July 19
Effective July 19, Ireland will reopen for tourism to EU nations and other third party countries including the U.S and Canada.
Visitors will need to bear the green digital pass which attests the holder is fully vaccinated, has a negative COVID-19 test or has recovered from the virus.
“The 19th of July is some weeks away yet but we are certainly on target to be a part of the European framework in terms of the COVID Digital Certificate, which I think is an important milestone, and also gives a signal to the aviation industry that things are getting better for them as well,” said Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin at a press conference this week.
(Source: Iris Mirror)
June 3 – Ireland to implement a huge COVID-19 restriction lifting from June 2
Another step on the road to recovery happened yesterday in Ireland with a big reopening of multiple tourist venues.
For the very first time in months, holiday makers will be able to freely book a hotel room -those were open for essential visitors only- and make a reservation at a restaurant of their preference.
The interstate travel restriction has also been lifted so travelers can now move around. Groups of 15 people at a time, is the maximum allowed in several activities such as having dinner. Outdoor terraces can be open from June 5 for residents.
Wearing a face mask and observing social distancing will be still enforced until further notice.
May 5 – Ireland leading the vaccine passport implementation in Europe
While some countries are still discussing if they should implement the so-called vaccine passport or shouldn’t, Ireland has been testing its own for 2 months now.
The country has actually been running a pilot program with a group of healthcare workers who need to travel frequently. They go online, log in to a website and the government sends them a hard copy of their vaccine certificate and a digital copy to their phones.
According to Minister of State for eGovernment and public procurement Ossian Smyth, his country has been leading the implementation in Europe demonstrating what their “system can do.”
Tourism experts believe that an EU-wide certificate standard will boost visitor numbers by summer.
What countries can travel to Ireland?
All foreign nationals visiting for essential reasons can visit Ireland, but visitors from South America and South Africa. Travelers from green countries can enter without quarantining or COVID-19 test.
Do visitors who are not on the green list need to quarantine?
Yes, they do. Unless they come from Northern Ireland, they are required to restrict their movements and this includes,
- Irish citizens returning home
- Visitors with NO symptoms
- Travelers who have tested negative for the virus in another location
People arriving in Ireland from overseas must fill out the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Authorities may be contacting them within the next 14 days to verify the information they provided.
Warning! – Failure to complete the form could result in fines of up to €2,500 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Do visitors need a COVID-19 test to be granted access to Ireland?
Yes, all visitors need to submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
What is open in Ireland right now?
It depends on the risk level of the area visitors are traveling to. Dublin and Donegal have been flagged at risk assessment Level 5. So this is what travelers can o can’t do when visiting
- Social and family gatherings – are not allowed
- Weddings – are allowed to invite up to 6 guests
- Gyms, leisure centers, swimming pools are open for individual training only.
- Funerals – Up to 10 mourners can attend.
- Hotels and accommodation – Open but services limited.
- Hairdressers, beauticians, barbers – Open but wearing face masks is mandatory
What activities are banned in Dublin and Donegal?
- Attending football soccer matches or public events
- Taking dancing classes.
- Going to nightclubs, discos, and casinos (these remain closed)
- Visiting museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions – all remain closed.
See here the full list of restrictions for the rest of the counties.
The rest of the country is currently assessed as a level 2 risk. Click here to see the full list of restrictions.
Ireland’s recovery strategy
“Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021” is the 6-level plan the Irish and UK Governments have put in place for locals and tourists to learn how to “live with” the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 situation in Ireland
With 272,784 confirmed cases in total, and 5,000 deaths, the country has already overcome the second wave of the coronavirus.
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