After a morning of meetings between EU officials, tourists from the United States, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Taiwan will be allowed to travel through European countries as widespread travel is set to return with the implementation of the Digital Covid Cert (DCC).
Officials agreed on these changes to come into effect in a matter of days, which will see visitors from the U.S. able to travel through Europe for non-essential reasons for the first time since March 2020.
This latest move comes as EU leaders begin planning for the recovery of the tourism industry, after experiencing a major blow due to the global spread of Covid-19.
Following the meetings, more EU countries are also being advised to gradually lift restrictions for eight other countries that remain on the red list for travel including Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.
While restrictions ease for some passengers entering Ireland this summer, the UK is facing new travel restriction rules in Ireland in light of growing concerns of the transmission rates of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly confirmed that, with immediate effect, passengers arriving in from Britain will have to self-isolate for up to ten days.
Those who are fully vaccinated will have to undergo quarantine for five days while unvaccinated people will have to complete a full 10 days according to the latest update.
Speaking about the latest strain of the Covid-19 virus, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said; “One thing that we’re particularly concerned about is the Delta variant, and what impact that may have over the coming weeks.
“We’re very keen for people, particularly people who have not been vaccinated, to continue to follow the basic messages so that we don’t run into trouble over the coming weeks.”
Unvaccinated passengers will have to produce a negative PCR test result on day five and day 10 of self-isolation before being allowed to leave quarantine.
Fully-vaccinated passengers from the UK can be released from quarantine after five days if they can produce a negative PCR test on day 5.
Additionally, anyone arriving from other non-designated countries will have to carry out 14 days of quarantine at home.
The Irish government has issued a donation of 72 oxygen concentrators, 42 Ventilators, 12 Bipap Machines, 400 Oximeters, 50 Respiratory Monitors, 50 Defibrillators, 100 Thermometers, 1,126 Oxygen and Air Regulators, 99,750 Protective Coveralls, 201,600 Face Shields and 1,008,000 surgical masks to Nepal this evening, as part of a mission to provide assistance to the country in response to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak there.
Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said: “I am pleased that Ireland is in a position to respond to Nepal’s request of EU member states for assistance.
“This equipment will support frontline healthcare workers in Nepal to deliver care to patients who need it.
“I am grateful to all those who have worked together to make this life-saving donation happen.”
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney added: “This support is part of a coordinated effort by EU Member States to pool our resources so that we can respond quickly to the terrible situation in Nepal.
“It is important that we stand with the people of Nepal in their moment of need.
“The Irish Aid programme, managed in my Department, is supporting the delivery costs of the donation.
“This is part of Irish Aid’s €100 million contribution to the global public health response to the pandemic this year.”
Originally Appeared On: https://www.buzz.ie/news/eu-travel-set-resume-health-24336205