Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Ireland to Start Issuing EU COVID Travel Certificates to Its Citizens From Mid-July

Travellers fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, as well as those who hold a negative result, may be eligible to enter Ireland from the middle of July, according to government persons involved in the discussion.

The European Union’s Digital COVID Certificate procedures are nearly finished within the EU. In addition, Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) has unanimously supported the agreement earlier reached between the Council and the European Parliament on May 20, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The European Union Member States leaders are expected to approve the plan, which is set to become effective from July 1 at the ongoing summit in Brussels. Still, the member states will have six weeks to implement it.

Authorities in Ireland are likely to implement the scheme by mid-July, which means that tourists who obtain such a certificate will be permitted to visit Ireland without following mandatory quarantine rules upon their arrival.

According to the country’s government, authorities will control the conditions for entry, and they will evaluate the infection and vaccination rate before the scheme is implemented.

The European Union will present a system that allows member states to verify each other’s documents starting from next month. Still, individual countries will have to prepare their structures to issue the certificates, for free, to their residents.

Up to this point, Ireland has reported over 259,050 infection cases and 4,941 deaths. Based on the statistics provided by Worldometers, more than 241,263 individuals have fully recovered from the disease in Ireland, while there are a total of 12,846 active cases.

Even though the number of COVID-19 infections continues to be high in many other countries, the Irish government is continuously attempting to find safe ways to help the country’s travel and tourism sector recover from the financial damages that this industry has suffered since the beginning of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, raised the United States’ travellers hopes that they could be permitted to visit Ireland by mid-July, at the exact same time that the EC plans to implement the Digital COVID Certificate within the bloc.

Minister Convey stressed that this means that everybody in the EU will have on their mobile phone a scan code, which will help authorities in respective airports to confirm the COVID status of the person, whether they’ve taken the vaccine or they’ve tested negative or have recovered from the virus in the last six months.

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