Dublin Airport is set to welcome tourists again in July, as non-essential international travel is finally making a comeback.
International travel will be allowed from July 19, and Irish tourists will be allowed to leave the country and tourists will be allowed to enter the country.
Europe’s digital green certificate will be operational, allowing those who are fully vaccinated, have had a negative COVID test for the previous 72 hours or have fully recovered from COVID to travel to the EU.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin spoke today about the ease of restraint.
He said: “I understand the importance of our aviation and tourism sectors.
“International connectivity is critical to the success of this country and its place in the world, and many jobs and livelihoods across the country depend on it.”
Martin understands the “pent-up desire of many people to have a break abroad or to welcome friends and family from abroad.
“But I also understand very clearly the need to get this right and make sure we restore international travel in a safe and sustainable way.
“At my most recent meeting with European leaders last week, we confirmed our support for EU digital COVID Certificates for travel within the EU. Today the government agreed to fully operate this scheme as of July 19.
“This will facilitate the return to international travel in accordance with clear security protocols,” he concluded.
And now Tourism Ireland is ready to welcome international visitors again.
Niall Gibbons, Executive Director of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is a very welcome and important step on the road to our industry’s recovery.
“This will help protect thousands of jobs and livelihoods in the tourism industry. For the first time in many months, we can look to the future with optimism.
“We know from our research that there is significant pent-up demand among travelers in our foreign markets to return to the island of Ireland as soon as possible.
“Everyone at Tourism Ireland looks forward to being back in full swing to promote the island of Ireland as a safe, welcoming and must-see destination around the world.
“Over the next several months, we will work hard, with all of our partners, to restore as much business as possible. Our message is that we are looking forward to rolling out the green carpet and welcoming our foreign visitors. “