Ireland becomes the 8th country to remove all entry requirements
Ireland is joining a growing list of countries today by removing all requirements for travellers entering the country. The primary goal of the Irish government is to make travel easier for Ukrainian citizens fleeing the current crisis in Ukraine, but the sudden removal of entry rules benefits travellers from all over the world.
From today, international travellers going to Ireland will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination, a recovery certificate, or a negative PCR test upon arrival. There will also no longer be any requirement to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form either.
Health minister Stephen Donnelly, who signed the regulations to lift the restrictions, said that action has been taken to remove these travel requirements so as to decrease any obstacles for people leaving Ukraine and neighbouring countries for Ireland.
It is estimated that at least 600 people fleeing the country have arrived in Ireland in the past week.
Donnelly said the current epidemiological situation in Ireland continues to be broadly positive which allows for the lifting of all travel requirements.
However, Digital Covid Certificates will still be issued by Ireland for use when travelling to other EU countries, as they may still require proof of vaccination, recovery, or a test for entry.
The requirements for travel to Ireland during the pandemic and the Passenger Locator Form were both introduced in 2020, while testing and quarantine restrictions were introduced in January 2021.
However, Ireland was one of the first nations to discontinue most internal Covid-related rules in January 2022, which now harmonize with their new entry requirement removal.
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