Ireland begins today to accept the covid-19 digital certificate from the European Union (EU) for international travel and also eliminates the quarantine for those who come from some other countries with a negative test or who have a complete vaccination.
Dublin’s government had banned “non-essential” travel since the imposition of a new confinement on Jan. 6, with fines of up to €2,000 for violators, a measure that has caused a breakdown in traffic at the country’s main ports and airports.
As of today, citizens of EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, who have had covid-19 or have a negative PCR test also do not need to perform a quarantine 14 days.
Likewise, passengers coming from destinations such as the United Kingdom and the United States will avoid quarantine if they are fully immunized with the covid-19 vaccine or if they have contracted and overcome the disease.
Dublin airport authorities predict that around 151,000 passengers will pass through its facilities this week, although that number is still 80% lower than for the same period in 2019.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today highlighted that the reopening of international travel marks a “turning point” in the country’s socio-economic recovery, although he stressed that it must “be carried out in a safe, permanent and sustainable manner”.
After the reopening of international travel, the Irish Government, a coalition of centrists, Christian Democrats and Greens, plans to introduce a new law in the coming days to allow bars and restaurants to serve people vaccinated against covid-19 indoors, possibly from from later this month.
the prime minister, Micheál Martin, indicated that the reopening of activities in closed spaces, suspended for thousands of small ‘pubs’ and cafeterias since the first confinement in March 2020, will be “scheduled” and in line with the position of the scientific area advisers.
Scientists warned that the delta variant of the new coronavirus, more contagious, is already dominant in the country, although they trust that the government will be able to continue with the slowdown of restrictions thanks to the good progress of the vaccination campaign.
The National Health Service (HSE) reported that nearly 64% of the adult population received both doses of vaccine, while 77% received at least one dose, placing Ireland among the EU countries with the best rate of vaccine. immunization.