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Ease of restrictions on non-essential international travel; Digital Covid Certs in effect in Ireland from today

DUBLIN: Travel restrictions into and out of Ireland have been eased as the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate comes into force today.

People who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or have had a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival will be able to travel freely to Ireland from countries within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Those who have received the DCC, which contains proof of the aforementioned requirements, are allowed to enter Ireland without being subjected to any quarantine or COVID testing. This will also applicable to passengers arriving from the UK and the US.

However, the Department of Health advises those who have not been fully vaccinated to avoid travelling.

Ireland is the last EU country to implement the DCC. The government had said the delay was due to the adverse effects of the recent cyber-attack.

Over 150,000 passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport this week

Airports and ferries have completed all the preparations to welcome passengers. According to daa, the Dublin and Cork airport operator, Dublin Airport is expected to handle more than half a million more passengers than the previous week. About one lakh passengers arrived in Ireland last week. Although airports have reduced their workforce in the wake of the COVID epidemic, officials are confident that this will not affect services.

However, according to Daa, the number of passengers has not reached the same level as in 2019, with a reduction of up to 80%.For the next week, Dublin’s daily average number of aircraft movements will be 297, compared to 750 at this time of year.

Daa CEO Dalton Phillips said there had been a drop of more than 43 million passengers at both airports over the past 16 months.

Aer Lingus has stated that it intends to operate at 60% of 2019 levels throughout August. The number of flights in the first half of this year was 62% lower than in the same period in 2019, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

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