With the number of people receiving vaccinations increasing and a drop in COVID-19 cases, restrictions have eased for many domestic travel and tourism sectors. In recent days, Ireland's travel and tourism industry has been given the green light to welcome domestic visitors again. Hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism facilities have reopened, with health and safety restrictions in place, and are welcoming guests once more in a limited capacity.
As the Irish government continues to prepare Ireland for the reopening of international travel, guidelines and regulations have been established or amended according to the current safety recommendations from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Until July 18 2021, all existing international travel and public health measures will remain in place, including the advice to avoid non-essential international travel. However, from July 19 2021, Irish citizens and those visiting Ireland will be allowed to travel if it is safe to do so in accordance with all public health guidance, regulations and restrictions.
More announcements will be made soon regarding the reopening of international travel on or after July 19 2021. The Irish Government has signed up and committed to the EU Digital Covid Certificates (DCC) initiative, a programme aimed at opening up the European Union for travel again. A DCC provides digital proof that the bearer has either been vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, has recovered from COVID-19 or has tested negative. They will be available in digital and paper formats with QR codes containing the necessary informat and available to all member states from July 1 2021.
For those travelling to Ireland from the EU after July 19, an EU DCC must be presented, allowing those who are fully vaccinated, test negative to COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus to avoid quarantine.
With outdoor gatherings now permitting up to 200 people in larger venues, events and conferences planning can begin again. Smaller outdoor venues may allow up to 100 people with social distancing protocols in place.
Outdoor dining is now permitted, as are many activities such as golf, watersports and horse riding. Theatres, museums and other visitor attractions are also open again. With restrictions in Ireland easing, planning a MICE experience in this country is once more on the agenda.
To find out more about Ireland as a MICE destination, get in touch with the Meet in Ireland team today and let them help you follow the roadmap to visiting the Emerald Isle.