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Friday, December 3, 2021

Non-essential travel restrictions to ease from today

From today, restrictions on non-essential international travel are to ease as Ireland implements the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

This certificate will permit an individual to travel abroad for non-essential reasons as well as removing the requirement to quarantine.

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Those who will be granted permission to travel for non-essential reasons will be people who provide proof of being fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.

People travelling from the UK and the US will no longer be required to self-isolate if they have proof of vaccination or have recovered from Covid-19.

Public health advice has suggested that you should avoid high-risk activities such as international travel if you are not vaccinated.

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Airports, airlines and the tourism industry are expected to see a rise in business as approximately 151,000 passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport this week, which is up from 100,000 last week.

However, the last 16 months of restricted air travel has greatly affected the travel sector as its numbers, although rising, will still be down around 85% when compared to pre-pandemic levels.

According to the daa, the average daily number of aircraft movements in Dublin Airport for the next week will be 297, whereas in normal settings, it would be close to 750 aircraft arriving and departing on a daily basis.

Both Dublin and Cork airports have experienced a 43 million passenger loss over the last 16 months.

Daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips stated that 22,500 passengers are due to pass through Dublin Airport today and that more time will be allowed in the airport.

With the pandemic having a significant effect on the travel sector along with over 30% of Dublin Airport staff being let go, Philips stated that it will take some time to rebuild the business.

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