Can I Travel to Ireland?
As a service to our customers, we added a weekly Travel Tips Thursday email all about traveling in Ireland. It received such a great response that we thought we'd share the content here on our blog as well. By the way, that's me in the image above. My wife Mary and I stumbled upon a roadside beach access with an amazing view of the Farne Islands lighthouse.
Thank you for the great response to our first edition of Travel Tips Thursday that we sent out last week! It was wonderful to hear from some of our customers. In fact, Robert H. reached out to us with a question about his upcoming travel plans to Ireland. He asked "Should we cancel? Will stores and restaurants be open?" I thought it might be a good topic to address for all of our customers in this week's edition.
I'm no travel expert but here's my insider's tips based on my recent travel to Ireland:
1) YES! You can travel to Ireland. The gates are open! (Be sure to check all of the rules around traveling from your location.) I've had to make a couple of trips back and forth recently from the States. In order to be admitted into Ireland what I needed was a certificate showing I had received my two covid vaccinations and then I needed to complete a locator form. Once in Ireland they texted me a form upon arrival to ensure that I didn't have any symptoms. The text had a link to more information and Covid testing locations, should you need them.
2) Restaurants and bars are open. In order to go into a restaurant or bar, you will need to show your double vax certificate and an identification that verifies that you are in fact the same person on the vaccination certificate. Your passport or driver's license will do. We were also asked "Are mandatory hotel quarantines still in place?" No.
3) Download the Verify app on your phone. A few days before you travel, you upload your documents mentioned above so that you are ready to go once they are approved. When I landed in Dublin, the Immigration Officer already had visibility to your documentation in their system so you will essentially be pre-approved without fear or hassle at Dublin Airport. You'll sail smoothly onto your next stop within Ireland, wherever that may be.
Please keep in mind that I'm no travel expert - just a regular guy who travels to the Motherland on a regular basis. I'm giving you information based on my recent personal experience, so please verify all of these facts with your airline or you can also contact the US Embassy in Ireland or the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
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Slán go fóill - Bye for now
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