Ireland to allow overseas travel again from 19 July with EU digital Covid certificate

International travel to Ireland continued to recover in the February-April period of this year, figures released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed.  In April, a total of 69,400 passengers arrived in Ireland from overseas, up 13 percent from 61,400 in March and up nearly 27 percent from 54,800 in February, as per Xinhua reports.

From 19 July, the EU digital Covid certificate will allow people who have received a vaccine, had a negative test, or are immune after recovering from the virus to travel freely around the bloc.

Ireland will adopt the European Union’s Covid-19 certificate to help citizens move more freely across the bloc and allow the resumption of international travel from mid-July. The country’s government said it will broadly apply the same approach to arrivals from elsewhere including Britain and the US. Arts and sports events can also resume indoors and outside but with heavy restrictions on attendance.

Ireland currently advises citizens against non-essential travel, imposes fines on people heading to airports to go on holiday and enforces a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from 50 countries.

However, Ireland will not restore the common travel area with Britain because of concerns over the Covid-19 variant first identified in India, despite pleas from ferry companies.


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