Major change to Covid travel rules in Ireland as last government emergency power removed


People entering Ireland will no longer need a Covid certificate or a passenger locator form as part of major travel rule changes that are being considered.

It is understood that this decision is taken by the government with the aim of facilitating the entry into the country of people fleeing Ukraine.

The rule requiring Covid certificates and passenger locator forms for travel to Ireland is the government’s last remaining emergency Covid power.

Legislation allowing emergency powers in place until the end of March, but it is understood ministers are set to roll back travel rules sooner.



Dublin Airport has published: “To comply with Irish law, all arriving passengers must complete a Passenger Locator Form”

The order to change the travel rules is believed to be signed by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly later on Saturday.

Ireland has welcomed more than 1,000 Ukrainians to the country since the Russian invasion began 10 days ago.

The numbers are rising every day as ordinary civilians flee the war zone and manage to get flights from neighboring countries like Moldova and Romania to Dublin.

The Ministry of Justice operates a special visa waiver system to help ease the burden of those escaping the Russian invasion.

It is estimated that more than 800,000 refugees have left Ukraine in the hope of finding refuge in the EU.

The removal of travel rules follows a massive easing of Irish Covid restrictions on February 28.

It comes amid an improving coronavirus situation with 8,337 new cases confirmed on Friday made up of 4,033 PCR tests and 4,304 antigen tests.

There are currently 670 hospitalized patients with Covid, 43 of whom are in intensive care.

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