Irish authorities have announced that they will not require passengers to wear face masks when traveling with international airlines if their home country has abolished such a requirement.
Irish authorities, along with authorities in the European Union, continue to require airlines to require passengers to wear masks on board planes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. .
In contrast, the United States abolished such a requirement earlier this month.
The new changes introduced by the Irish authorities were confirmed by the Department for Transport spokeswoman while stressing that the Republic would not apply its mask-wearing rules to the United States as well as other airlines flying to the United States. inside and outside the country if their home country had waived such requirements.
The spokesperson said that “It’s up to the airlines to decide” while specifying that they could impose their own terms and conditions on travelers, taking into account the rules imposed in the countries to which they were flying.
According to a statement released by the ministry, “Airlines operating in international airspace are subject to the rules of their home state.”
However, the mandatory face mask requirement remains in place for passengers as well as crew on Irish carriers, including Aer Lingus and Ryanair, when flying from Ireland and other EU countries. EU.
At the same time, the country’s government could review its mask mandate once authorities in EU countries finish reviewing their recommendations at the end of this month.
In this regard, the Department for Transport said that recommendations from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) “shed narrowly” on the Irish rules.
“The EASA/ECDC Protocol is currently under review at European level, and it is expected that a revised draft will be made available to EU Member States for comment towards the end of April,” pointed out the department in this regard, as the Irish Times reports.
According to the Department for Transport, the government would revise the Irish rules with the airlines once the revised European recommendation is available.
As part of efforts to further ease the travel process, Irish authorities lifted entry restrictions on March 6, helping the country recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus and its new variants.
According to figures provided by Ireland’s Central Statistical Office (CSO), there has been a noticeable increase in international visitor numbers following the government’s decision to abolish COVID-19 measures.