Ireland is expected to adopt a COVID-19 certificate to help citizens move more freely across the European Union from mid-July, the Irish Times reported on Tuesday, quoting people involved in discussions in government.
Ireland’s health minister said last week that the government may introduce the so-called “green certificate” earlier than late July, as previously flagged, amid mounting pressure from airlines and employers to reopen foreign travel.
Ireland has the strictest travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc. It advises citizens against non-essential travel, imposing fines on people heading to airports to go on holiday and a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from a number of countries.
A COVID certificate would be handed out for free by health authorities in EU countries to people who received a vaccine, had a negative test or are immune, having recovered from the virus.
The Irish government is expected to announce its plans for resuming international travel on Friday as well as a timetable for further easing of COVID-19 restrictions on tourism, entertainment, and hospitality.