The Department of Justice has stated that the processing of short stay entry visa processing has resumed from Monday 13 September.
Processing has resumed for visa required nationals legally resident in the EEA who can produce a valid Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). It will also resume for people in this category where they do not have a DCC if they can satisfy pandemic measures on arrival by obtaining alternative acceptable proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
For travel from outside the EEA into Ireland, based on the current EU position, evidence of an approved vaccination or acceptable proof of recovery removes the requirement for any quarantine or on arrival testing. In the absence of that proof, evidence of a negative PCR test, self-quarantine and further testing is required. Only designated states and countries where the emergency brake system is applied will go into mandatory hotel quarantine.
The Department of Justice has stated the move is in line with the next phase of the Government’s response to the pandemic, COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting.
The Department’s decision to temporarily cease processing short stay visa applications, except for cases that fell under the Emergency/Priority criteria, applied to all countries and was in place since 21 March 2020.
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