Many people in Northern Ireland who hold an Irish passport will not be eligible for the EU’s COVID Digital Certificate.
Although Irish Prime Minister Michel Martin and other Irish ministers have indicated they will, vaccinated travelers from Northern Ireland who have been vaccinated outside the Republic of Ireland cannot be allowed to use the EU’s digital COVID certificate launched to facilitate travel for all vaccinated citizens, a report TheSchengen.com.
According to local Irish media, more than two million people in Ireland received vaccination certificates last week. Despite the fact that Ireland recently launched the Digital Vaccine Passport, many people may encounter difficulties.
In this regard, the Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, said that such a matter “will remain under consideration”.
However, Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond stressed that only people who have been vaccinated by the Irish Health Services (HSE) can benefit from the DCC.
Irish passport holders who have been vaccinated elsewhere will be awarded certification in the ‘second phase’ start-up. But for now, we don’t know when that will happen. And I learned that, in the meantime, those who have been vaccinated elsewhere can still travel if they show proof of vaccination at the airport.
Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has emphasized that all people living across the island and holding an Irish passport should be allowed to use the DCC.
“I have raised the issue with the Ministry of Health and have requested a call with Taoiseach,” she stressed.
According to O’Neill, “the problem should be resolved quickly.”
Earlier this month, Ireland announced that all people waiting to travel outside the country must pay for a PCR test if their trip is based on non-essential purposes, such as tourism.
At that time, the country’s authorities revealed that all citizens who have been vaccinated against the virus will begin to have their own European digital vaccination passport. In addition, more than 170,000 people who have fully recovered from the disease in the last six months will be contacted for their certificates.
Figures published by the World Health Organization revealed that more than 284,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland since the beginning of the epidemic.
The same source shows that a total of 5,018 people in Ireland have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These numbers prompted the authorities in Ireland to impose preventive measures, including travel bans and other restrictions in order to stop the spread of the virus further.