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Published on Friday, May 28, 2021

Foreign travel from Ireland set to resume in July

Ireland's Transport Minister Eamon Ryan says the country will implement the EU vaccine certificate this summer as the government is set to allow foreign holidays from 19 July.

Speaking on RTE Radio One, Ryan said the vaccine passport system could be implemented around the same time.

"It's in that sort of time frame we can expect," Ryan said when asked if it will be ready by 19 July.

"Europe will introduce the scheme from 1 July, recognising they said that there should be six weeks of an introductory period."

The minister said Ireland will need that time to get airport systems ready to process the vaccine passport.

"As the numbers of people travelling increases we will still be requiring people to show that cert and even though it will be electronic and brief this can cause delays," he added, citing the long delays experienced at London Heathrow.

"We still will implement public health measures to make sure we're checking people when we're coming in," he said.

In the meantime, Ireland is relaxing other Covid measures.

On 7 June restaurants and pubs can reopen for outdoor dining, and cinemas and gyms will also reopen.

However, Ireland is 'not in a position' to resume the Common Travel Area with the UK due to concerns over the spread of the Indian Covid variant,  Leo Varadkar said.


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