Although Ireland will issue COVID-19 certificates to its citizens for travel across the European Union beginning in mid-July travel to and from Britain will remain restricted
Ireland will issue COVID
-19 certificates to its citizens for travel across the European Union beginning in mid-July, senior ministers announced on Friday.
However, travel to and from Britain will remain restricted.
Ireland continues to impose the strictest Covid
travel restrictions in the EU. The country still discourages citizens from non-essential travel and enforces a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from 50 countries.
Meanwhile, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said Dublin will maintain some restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
variant first found in India.
"The advice that we have, and we're accepting this advice, is that there are real concerns about the Indian variant, and for that reason we're not in a position to restore the common travel area just yet," Varadkar told RTE.
Ministers are also expected to ease some economic restrictions, with a phased reopening of hospitality to begin next month, including the resumption of indoor dining and drinking in early July.