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Covid testing rules for inbound passengers to be scrapped for the vaccinated

The requirement for vaccinated passengers to arrive in Ireland with a negative Covid-19 test will be eliminated.

Prior to December 5, an EU Digital Covid Certificate was sufficient to enter the country.

The Digital Covid Cert gives confirmation of immunisation, but individuals without it must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

Concerns regarding the proliferation of the Omicron version of Covid-19 prompted the new testing criteria. The new regime was to be reviewed every two weeks.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin revealed today that the Omicron type currently accounts for 96% of Covid-19 cases in Ireland. Martin said new rules to enforce the adjustment will be issued soon.

The EU Digital Covid Cert for travel reasons was approved by the European Commission last month.
A booster dose will be added to EU Digital Covid Certs, facilitating free movement within the EU.

On today’s question about a booster dose for pubs, restaurants, and other indoor establishments in Ireland, Martin responded yes but not soon.

“In due course, but not sooner. I believe the HSE is presently working on a booster vaccine.
“Government decisions will need to be made on the policy implications, but the benefits of the booster are clear,” he said. Records and certificates are only valid for nine months after a person’s primary immunisation series.