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Ireland removes all travel restrictions
Ireland today joins a growing list of countries in remove all entry requirements for travellers. The primary objective of the Irish government is to facilitate the movement of Ukrainian citizens fleeing the current crisis in Ukraine, but the sudden removal of entry rules benefits travelers worldwide.
Ireland were one of the first nations to give up the most internal covid-related rules in January 2022, which now align with their new removal of entry requirements.
From today, March 7, 2022, there will be no travel restrictions for any travelers entering Ireland.
- No PCR or antigen tests to enter
- No quarantine
- No proof of vaccination
- No health forms
- No vaccine passports
Entering Ireland after March 7 will feel like you’re back in pre-pandemic times, with no extra steps to take. As a result, they join the following list of nations that have removed all entry restrictions:
The new Irish travel rules
People entering Ireland no more need for COVID certificate or passenger locator form under the major change in travel rules from today in Ireland.
Therefore, international arrivals do not require proof of vaccinations, tests or passenger locator forms; this makes Ireland the 8th country in the world to drop all COVID-19 related restrictions.
Irish President Leo Varadkar noted“You will no longer need a Covid Pass to enter Ireland, but you will still need one to enter many other EU countries. Be sure to get your booster or your 3rd dose if you plan to travel overseas this summer.
Stephen Donnelly, Irish Minister of Health, described the removal of restrictions like: “another step forward in our Covid efforts”. The change affects passengers traveling to Ireland, but COVID-19 certificates and tests may be required for outbound passengers visiting other countries from Ireland.
The Irish Department of Health said the COVID-19 certificate could continue to be used as “evidence of vaccination, booster, recovery or proof of a negative COVID-19 test”.
The Irish government plans to host a minimum of 20,000 Ukrainian refugees in Ireland. The Irish government has said it is opening an online portal or register where people can pledge how they can help arrivals through accommodation etc.
Reports suggest that if the war continues to escalate and continues into the medium term, Ireland will host approximately 2% of all refugees who were forced to leave their country of origin.
The COVID-19 situation in Ireland
The current COVID-19 situation in Ireland is very promising. The current 7-day case average is 3,270; this is a decrease from the 7-day case average of 22,000 in January.
Ireland has currently fully vaccinated over 90% of its adult population.
Current internal COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland
Despite strict COVID-19 restrictions throughout the pandemic, Ireland now has internal COVID-19 restrictions almost non-existent. Most internal rules, such as vaccine passports, curfews and capacity limits, ended on January 22, 2022.
The government removed the mask mandate on February 28. However, the government is still advising people to wear masks on all public transport and health facilities.
If travelers test positive for COVID-19 in Ireland, government says you should wear masks for 10 days. If you are over 13, it must be a medical grade or FFP2 mask. However, if you’re under 12, it should be a well-fitting mask.
The Irish government also states:
- If you are 55 or older and have not received your booster shot, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test
- If you have a high-risk medical condition, self-isolate and get a PCR test
- If you are immunocompromised, self-isolate and get a PCR test
Ireland removes all travel restrictions great news for the travel industry. Although the world is easing Covid travel restrictions, most countries still have a passenger locator form, including the UK, which has removed almost all travel restrictions other than that.
Ireland is only the third European country to remove all restrictions related to COVID-19, but we expect many more countries to remove all restrictions in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Countries that have removed all internal Covid restrictions
Simplified entry requirements to the Bahamas and Barbados
Travel insurance that covers Covid-19
NYC will remove the vaccination passport for all indoor establishments
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