Posted on 22/07/2021

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Ireland Is Easing Restrictions For International Travelers

Ireland has joined the rest of the European Union by adopting the EU's digital COVID-19 certificate. The Irish government has also put an end to quarantine restrictions for those coming from the UK and the US.

Ireland has joined the rest of the European Union by adopting the EU's digital COVID-19 certificate. The Irish government has also put an end to quarantine restrictions for those coming from the UK and the US.

Opening up to the world

The Irish government announced that it will use the EU's digital COVID-19 certificate which shows proof that the holder has been fully vaccinated, recovered from the virus or if they have tested negative for it. This means that travelers can travel freely across the EU with no COVID restrictions.

Also, the country is allowing travelers from the UK and US to enter without quarantining upon their arrival once they have provided proof of vaccination, recovery from the virus or a negative PCR test.

Furthermore, the Irish government announced on Friday July 16 that it has also changed the rules for those traveling with children. Indeed children between the ages of 12 and 17 will have to present a negative PCR test upon arrival or proof that they are vaccinated against the virus or if they have recovered from it. It also said that "children of any age, traveling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival." - Madrugada Verde / Shutterstock

Vaccination program

After a slow start, Ireland has now become the country with one of the fastest vaccination rates in the world according to data from Our World In Data as reported in the Irish Times, as well as one of the highest vaccine uptakes in the world.

Ireland imposed one of the strictest lockdowns, banning indoor household mixing, shutting down hospitality and retail as well as stopping people traveling more than 5 km from their homes. The country came out of its last lockdown back in May. hotels are once again open, restaurants, bars and cafes can welcome guests for outdoor service only - indoor service will be resumed on July 26 for the fully vaccinated.

Cultural attractions, museums and galleries have been open since mid-May with restrictions such as social distancing and masks in place. Masks are still mandatory in enclosed public spaces, on public transport and in crowded outdoor spaces.

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