August 5 – Ireland has reopened but require customers to present vaccine passport to enter public indoor spaces
Ireland was the last EU country to join the EU Digital COVID Certificate initiative due to multiple issues but has been among the first to require proof of vaccination for customers at indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues.
Customers are still opting for outdoor seating but this is expected to change as long as fall approaches.
To date, all visitors and locals must bring along an official identification together with its proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test or proof or recovery from the illness.
“Once valid proof of immunity is shown at the door along with photographic evidence, that will be sufficient. It has to be an official id and official vaccination cert. We want tourists from the north coming down,” said the President of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Mark McGowan.
July 22 – Ireland officially reopened for tourism, including Americans on July 19
Ireland has finally reopened for tourism after more than 18 months of closure and a ransomware attack that delayed even more the reopening date.
As of today, fully vaccinated EU and American travelers are welcome without test or quarantine requirements.
“The tourism industry right across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors from the U.S. and we will ensure they enjoy their visit,” said Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons.
July 2 – Ireland unable join the new EU Digital COVID Passport system on July 1 due to cyberattack
The European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders announced Ireland was unable to join the new EU Digital COVID Certificate (EDCC) system that will facilitate travel across Europe due to a massive ransomware attack.
“Due to a cyberattack in Ireland it was difficult to reach the goal to have all of the technical solutions in place before the 1st of July but for all the other member states we don’t have any concerns about the way to proceed”.
The country refused to pay any ransom to hackers involved in the attack. According to reports, Ireland will be ready to join the system on July 19.
June 20 – Ireland confirms resumption of international tourism on July 19
Effective July 19, Ireland will reopen for tourism to EU nations and other third party countries including the U.S and Canada.
Visitors will need to bear the green digital pass which attests the holder is fully vaccinated, has a negative COVID-19 test or has recovered from the virus.
“The 19th of July is some weeks away yet but we are certainly on target to be a part of the European framework in terms of the COVID Digital Certificate, which I think is an important milestone, and also gives a signal to the aviation industry that things are getting better for them as well,” said Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin at a press conference this week.
June 3 – Ireland to implement a huge COVID-19 restriction lifting from June 2
Another step on the road to recovery happened yesterday in Ireland with a big reopening of multiple tourist venues.
For the very first time in months, holiday makers will be able to freely book a hotel room -those were open for essential visitors only- and make a reservation at a restaurant of their preference.
The interstate travel restriction has also been lifted so travelers can now move around. Groups of 15 people at a time, is the maximum allowed in several activities such as having dinner. Outdoor terraces can be open from June 5 for residents.
Wearing a face mask and observing social distancing will be still enforced until further notice.