The Irish Travel Agents Association is calling on the Irish Government and our fellow EU Member States to engage immediately with proposed EU guidelines for the safe reopening of international travel to avoid further delays in restarting the Irish travel sector. The Association has also highlighted the need for consistent, harmonised regulations for all countries within the EU to facilitate safe and secure travel for all passengers in the coming months.
Foreign travel for holidays is to be permitted in Ireland from July 19, with the European COVID-19 Certificate to be introduced on this date. Ahead of the EU Ambassadors’ meeting on 11 June, the ITAA is calling on fellow Member States to approve the Commission’s proposal and begin the coordinated lifting of travel restrictions in the EU. The proposal was initially put forward by the European Commission on 31 May, and should restore freedom of movement within the EU if adopted and fully implemented.
The ITAA support a number of elements outlined by the proposal, particularly the elimination of tests and quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals and those who have recovered from COVID-19 and the widespread integration of Digital COVID Certificates into the travel process.