News

Micheál Martin Raises Possibility International Travel Could Resume in July

Micheál Martin Raises Possibility International Travel Could Resume in July

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has given the clearest indication that international travel could resume by the end of July if the risk assessment for Covid-19 allow it. Speaking on Morning Ireland, he said that Ireland was already working to implement the EU Covid-19 Certificate, which will be introduced from June 3.

“We cannot stay disconnected forever. Ireland is a globalised country,” he said. “We have to assess all the risks as we move forward. Travel resuming towards the latter half of July is a possibility,” he added.

He also said that the development of vaccination programmes throughout the EU meant the possibility of travel later in the summer grew stronger.

Although the taoiseach’s comments were cautious and heavily caveated – he was at pains to point out that the only certain advice was to avoid non-essential travel for May and June – it is the first time a government minister has given a clear sign that international travel was back on the cards in 2021.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said yesterday that it was “too soon” to discuss international travel – incoming and outgoing – and that the government would take a look at the matter next month. In January, Varadkar said that international travel mightn’t even be on the cards at Christmas due to the Covid crisis.

 

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Fionn Davenport is the editor-in-chief of the ITTN group, including ITTN and ITTN Ireland. He's one of Ireland's best-known travel journalists and writers, with nearly 30 years' experience writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet and others.

More in News

Turkish Airlines Announces Summer Schedule Ex Dublin

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

Travel-Hungry Customers Want New Adventures

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

JWT Just a Tiny Part of Unfolding Disaster

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

Star Wars Day: The European Hidden Star Wars Destinations to Visit

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

Ireland ‘Leading’ Europe in Developing Digital Green Cert, Minister Says

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

EU to Open International Travel to Fully Vaccinated

Fionn DavenportMay 4, 2021

MSC Announces Fleet-Wide Vaccination Programme

Fionn DavenportMay 2, 2021

ITTN Photographer of the Year 2021, Sponsored by Emirates: The Ruff-eree’s Results Are In…

Fionn DavenportApril 30, 2021

CarTrawler Teams up with Uber for Car Rentals

Fionn DavenportApril 30, 2021

Copyright © 2021 ittn