Ireland eases international travel restrictions

Ireland relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions on international travel, and as of today most fully vaccinated people no longer have to self-isolate, news wires reported. Starting from Monday, the EU Digital Covid Certificate system is in use in Ireland as in most countries across the EU.

Self-isolation and travel-related testing is also no longer necessary for people arriving into Ireland from outside the EU, as long as they can provide valid proof of vaccination or valid proof that they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days. The vaccine must be one which has been approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Until now, the Republic of Ireland had one of the strictest international travel bans in Europe - limiting journeys in and out of the country to "essential" travel only. People travelling to the Republic from anywhere except Northern Ireland had to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Many passengers with a negative test still had to self-isolate at a designated address for 14 days after their arrival.

But these rules have been eased from Monday and people who can prove they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will not need to be tested. However, holidaymakers should note that Ireland's hospitality industry is not yet fully open.

Legislation was passed last week which will allow indoor venues to serve only customers who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated. The EU Digital Covid Certificate certificate will be accepted as proof to gain access to indoor hospitality.

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