IRISH tourists hoping to fly on their summer holidays could face difficulties in some European countries where Covid rules remain in place.
Although the majority of European Union countries have lifted or eased Covid-19 restrictions, some travelers still require filling in the Passenger Locator form.
Austria, Germany and Spain are currently the only countries that require certain categories of travelers to fill out the form in order to land in the country.
However, some tourists can be exempted from the strict rule – if they have the necessary documents.
Spain is asking Irish holidaymakers to fill out the health check form unless they hold an EU Digital Covid Certificate or other equivalent document, according to the Spanish Health Ministry.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this rule.
Austria currently only requires travelers who do not have a vaccination, recovery or testing certificate to fill out a travel clearance similar to the Passenger Locator Form.
Germany also requires travelers from risk and virus variant areas to fill out the digital entry form.
However, there are currently no countries on this list, meaning Irish tourists do not need to fill out this form when traveling to Germany.
Every other European country has dropped the Passenger Locator Forms requirement – meaning Irish tourists can travel freely without Covid documentation.
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However, Spain has confirmed that Irish tourists visiting Spain must use a Covid-19 travel certificate for at least the next six months.
It’s possible officials could extend the rule by a full year if case numbers don’t drop fast enough.
The European Parliament has agreed to keep the EU system for digital COVID certificates until June 2023.
The scheme was scheduled to expire on June 30, 2022.
However, there will be a mid-term review and the scheme could be lifted when the number of coronavirus cases has fallen sufficiently.
An EU spokesman confirmed: “In order to ensure that EU citizens can benefit from their right to free movement regardless of how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the EP plenary approved the decision of the Civil Liberties Committee to negotiate with Member States to extend the pandemic The EU COVID Digital Certificates (EUDCC) program – due to expire on June 30 – for a further 12 months.”
In addition to extending the validity of the EUDCC system until June 30, 2023, the changes also allow member states to issue test certificates based on new test types.
MEPs amended the proposals to emphasize that member states should avoid additional restrictions on the free movement of EUDCC holders unless strictly necessary.
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers are stunned by a Ryanair luggage trick that allows you to avoid paying the extra luggage fee when flying.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8760558/three-european-countries-irish-covid-rules-strict/ Three European countries where Irish holidaymakers are still subject to the same strict Covid rule on arrival