With COVID cases decreasing in Europe, Ireland is lifting its strict lockdown and revealing it will once again welcome international travelers to the Shamrock Isle just in time for summer.
Ireland’s taoiseach (president) Micheál Martin announced Ireland will open up to non-essential travel on July 19, revealing the country needs to make sure travel resumes in a “safe and sustainable way.”
We are almost back to a point where we can just enjoy the ordinary, extraordinary moments in our lives.
The sense of hope, excitement and relief is palpable.
But we know we must remain vigilant against this terrible virus. pic.twitter.com/8ENj5rVVbN
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) May 28, 2021
According to numerous media outlets, Ireland will open up in participation with the European Union’s COVID travel certificate system, meaning travelers will need to show either proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative COVID test results. Although the EU travel certificate system doesn’t apply to travel between the United States and the UK, Ireland’s transport minister Eamon Ryan revealed the country would adopt a similar approach with arrivals from those countries.
Ireland currently has the strictest curbs in the EU, Reuters reports and currently enforces a two-week mandatory quarantine for essential travel from 50 countries.