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EU Citizen Permitted to Challenge Fine He Received While Travelling Amid COVID-19

The Supreme Court has allowed an EU citizen who lives and works in Ireland to challenge COVID-19 public health regulations under which he was fined €2,000 after he traveled to Portugal to renew his family’s permission to stay there, according to the magazine.

Imran Ali, who holds Portuguese citizenship, claimed the regulations violated Irish and EU law in being not clear enough to allow him to learn about the consequences of him traveling to an airport in order to leave the country to help his wife and two sons extend their immigration permission to stay there, reports. .

During the Supreme Court ruling, Justice Garrett Simsons emphasized that Ali had gone to the legal limit, allowing his case to be heard and decided.

Authorities in Ireland have maintained strict entry rules and other precautionary measures in order to stem the further spread of the coronavirus and its new strains, similar to countries around the world.

Earlier, the authorities in Ireland announced that travelers who plan to enter Ireland without a negative result of a coronavirus test will be subject to fines.

In addition, the government stressed that it is considering the possibility of imposing fines on carriers that do not conduct proper pre-flight checks of travelers to ensure they have negative COVID-19 test results.

However, the Irish government changed its approach to the virus and therefore decided to ease restrictions and entry rules imposed to stop its further spread.

Earlier this week, the authorities in Ireland announced that citizens of other countries who plan to enter Ireland will not be subject to entry requirements after their cancellation, and the Irish government confirmed such a decision while stressing that travelers are exempt from this requirement. To provide evidence of vaccination or recovery from the virus.

Besides, travelers are also exempted from the requirement to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 1,322,591 people have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the epidemic, and 6,570 people have died.

Despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the authorities in Ireland have decided to ease the travel process and help the travel and tourism sector recover from the damage caused by the virus.

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