Ireland scraps test rule for vaccinated travellers

Ireland has removed the requirement for vaccinated passengers to show a negative Covid-19 test result before entering the country.

The Irish government decided on Wednesday (January 5) to ease the travel rules for entry into Ireland from January 6.

The requirement for vaccinated passengers to show either a negative PCR or professionally administered antigen test was introduced in December amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

The Belfast Telegraph reported that Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the rule was no longer needed given the fact that the Omicron variant was now dominant in Ireland.

Unvaccinated travellers will still need to show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival.

Fianna Fáil, the Republican Party led by Martin, tweeted on Wednesday about the updated travel rules for those travelling into Ireland from Thursday.

Fianna Fail tweet about Ireland travel rule
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s head of Great Britain, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome travellers back to Ireland without the need for pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated visitors. Hassle-free travel within the Common Travel Area has resumed and fully vaccinated visitors from Great Britain will be able to travel between GB and Ireland with no testing or quarantine required.”

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