After waiting nearly three weeks longer than other European countries to issue the EU COVID-19 digital vaccination passport, Irish people have been warned to carefully check their country’s travel restrictions, as they change constantly, TheSchengen.com reports.
Unlike Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Denmark, which began issuing the European COVID-19 vaccination passport first, on June 1, Ireland waited until July 19 to contact the EUDCC portal. The delay is believed to have been caused by cyber attacks in May, which targeted the country’s health service provider.
However, the document aims to facilitate travel across Europe for all European citizens from member states who have been fully vaccinated with the European Medicines Agency authorized vaccines such as Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen. In addition, people who have immunity to the virus due to previous infection or those who have recently tested negative are also eligible for such a document.
As the Irish prepare for their holidays abroad, many territories apply their own travel restrictions and requirements, taking into account the coronavirus situation in the traveler’s country of origin, especially those countries with high infection rates in the delta variant. Corona Virus.
“The most important thing is that people know the restrictions on which country they are going to, because they change all the time,” said Sarah Slattery, owner of TheTravelExpert.ie.
She also noted that even in Ireland, the rules are constantly changing as children over the age of seven are required to take PCR tests, and now children under the age of 12 will no longer have to do so.
France, one of the most stringent countries enforcing COVID rules in the European Union, recently announced that it would change travel advice against unvaccinated travelers from the UK, Spain and Portugal.
Although these rules do not apply to Irish citizens who have been fully vaccinated, it is important to note the special rules that France applies to vaccinations.
On the other hand, the Spanish authorities allow tourists from Ireland to enter quarantine for free if they provide proof of vaccination, recovery certificate or negative PCR tests.
Irish travelers will undergo three medical examinations and may be required to attend a medical appointment if they fail the health checks.
Travelers must first fill out a form stating where they will live during their trip and whether they have previously contracted the virus. Then they will have their temperature taken at the airport and a visual examination will be performed on them.
According to the World Health Organization, Ireland has reported 12 deaths related to the Corona virus in the past 24 hours, while 783 positive cases have been recorded. As of July 13, 2021, a total of 4,861,257 vaccine doses have been administered in the country.