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End of airport Covid test restrictions welcomed

Positive PCR or antigen tests are no longer required for travellers passing via Shannon and other Irish airports.

A negative PCR or antigen test is required regardless of immunisation status since early December when the Omicron variant threat surfaced.

From Thursday, airport authorities will only ask for immunisation documentation or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival.

For the airport and the region, Cathal Crowe, Mid West Fianna Fáil TD and Tourism and Aviation Spokesperson, said yes.

“There is no use in trying to contain it now that it is 90% Omicron,” he remarked.

“We are now in a situation where we must live with this illness for months. We must use science and caution, but this allows people to get to and from Shannon.”

Meanwhile, Covid-19 tight contact isolation rules for booster vaccine recipients are coming to an end.

The Government has ordered the National Public Health Emergency Team to evaluate the ten-day isolation requirement.

The close contact requirement will be eliminated if they wear a mask in public.
“There is no use in trying to contain it now that it is 90% Omicron,” he remarked.