Off to Ireland again

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Yesterday, as well as many restriction being dropped in England, the rules in Ireland were relaxed for incoming British visitors was altered as well.

the west of Ireland which wants to see British holidaymakers again – as does all of Ireland

From 19 July, Ireland entry requirements have enabled all of to visit the Republic but there are still some rules in force.

Everyone travelling there needs – as they do travelling to almost any country – to complete a Passenger Locator Form so that you can be tracked if the need arises.

If you have had a full vaccination, then you won’t have any travel-related testing or quarantine to undergo.

If you don’t not have proof of the double vaccination you will need to show evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. That applies to all visitors aged twelve and over.

You will also have to undertake self-quarantine for fourteen days and to have a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards.

The self-quarantining means that Ireland is really only viable for double vaccinated people because few of us can spend fourteen days in quarantine and then have more to have the actual holiday.

Nonetheless it is another step forward in opening up travel from mainland UK to the Republic. The owners of the largely empty (empty of leisure visitors that is) ferries operating from Pembrokeshire, Anglesey and Liverpool will be delighted to see passengers again.

Caravanners and motor home owners who want to explore somewhere different from mainland UK will also be pleased and the night ferry to Rosslare from Fishguard last night had more people on it than have been seen in a long time.

Airlines and in particular Aer Lingus, British Airways and Rynanair will also be hoping that people are considering an Irish break this summer. Dublin Airport alone is expecting an additional 50,000 passengers this week.

For Britons one of the unsaid but big advantages of holidaying in Ireland is that, if the country suddenly becomes a no-go destination it will be a lot easier to get home than if it happened to them in North Africa or the eastern Mediterranean for example.

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