Several Irish tourists are making dental appointments in Tenerife to be able to enjoy a holiday on the Spanish island without violating the travel bans imposed because of the covid-19 pandemic.
According to reports cited by the British newspaper The Independentdozens of travelers departing from Dublin airport have presented documents to border officials in which they ensure that their trip to the Spanish island, a famous holiday destination among the Irish, is due to a dental appointment.
Medical appointments are one of the exceptions provided by the Government Irish for travel abroad under current restrictions to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
“We are used to Irish people who come to us for treatment, but we have found the number of people who are asking for a written confirmation of their consultation to be strange, and then they don’t show up,” said Roberta Beccaris, a receptionist at a dental clinic on the Spanish island, in statements to RTE Radio 1.
“Now we understand that it was just an excuse to come here for a vacation. They are taking appointments with people who really need them, who are in pain ”.
Dublin airport immigration officials reported that up to 40% From travelers to sunny destinations they had letters for dental appointments.
According to the same British newspaper, many of these people decided to go ahead with the trip even after being warned that, if the appointments were to prove false, they could be fined up to 2,000 euros.
In the meantime, the authorities have already advanced that they will change their approach.
“We warn people that can be processed if they continue with the trip and we do not consider a dentist appointment in Tenerife reasonable. We say: “This is not a reasonable reason to travel and we are giving instructions not to. If they continue with the trip, they can actually commit two different crimes ”.
The pandemic has killed at least 2,384,059 people worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP. Since the disease was known in December 2019, more than 108,151,590 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed, of which at least 66,091,900 are already considered cured.
The figures, released by the agency France Presse, are based on daily reports from the health authorities of each country. The countries that recorded the greatest increase in deaths were the state United, with another 5,527 deaths, Mexico (1.323) e Brazil (1.288).