Irish tourism welcomes the EU’s plan to reopen summer travel

Published on : Saturday, March 20, 2021

Many executives representing various branches of Irish tourism have welcomed the EU’s plan to reopen summer travel.

The EU has proposed plans to bring in a travel passport to allow its citizens to travel within the union this summer to revive the tourism sector. The new passports will be a digital certification, proving that a traveler has received a vaccine or has tested negative for Covid-19.

This means that people will gain unrestricted access to flights, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and festivals. It also means avoiding quarantine protocols.

Officially known as the “Digital Green Certificate,” the pass will be free, bilingual in the language of the issuing member state and in English, secure, non-discriminatory, and available in digital or paper formats, both of which will have QR codes.

Ireland will take a “cautious” approach to the vaccine passport, although representatives from various Irish tourism sectors have welcomed the news. Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, the chief executive of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has called the digital passports a “lifeline” to the industry.

Pat Dawson, head of the Irish Travel Agents Association said, “It is a plan we can all work on because so many jobs depend on it in Ireland.”

The Digital Green Certificate will be valid in all EU member states and open for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway along with Switzerland.

The proposed plans will improve Irish tourism and will be a good news for people wishing for a holiday.

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