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Any news on allowing visitors with vaccines to travel into Ireland ?

We have been planning a trip to Ireland for 3 years. It was supposed to happen last fall but COVID. We may have our full vaccines by September and were wondering if there is any news or hints to news coming about allowing Canadians to visit who have their vaccines.

Thanks for any and all info.

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Tourism is going to be dependent on the infection rates in Ireland, Canada and possibly other countries plus possibly visitors proving that they have been vaccinated and having a series of negative Covid tests before entry and possibly on arrival. Quarantine may be required. Lots of possibles and maybes. It’s far too early to say.

The U.K. is currently way ahead of Ireland in the vaccination programme and we have been told not to book summer holidays.

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Being vaccinated may make you safe from covid illness, but there are as yet no data showing that it make others safe from you. They just don't know yet if vaccinated people can still carry and spread the virus.

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My uneducated guess is that until the majority of their own citizens are vaccinated they're not likely to be letting tourists in, vaccinated or not. Now, when that is going to be for Ireland I have absolutely no idea, but you might be ab le to research online what their target date is for 'full' vaccination (herd immunity) and that might give you a better idea.

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Thanks, Wally. I do exactly that. Those articles all present the views of scientists involved in addressing and analyzing the question of transmission after vaccination. Their opinions vary, and are preliminary, indicating that more data points are needed before there is a reliable answer. And until there is, vaccination alone will not serve to open up travel opportunities in Ireland or anywhere else, at least not before the point where so many residents have been vaccinated that "herd immunity" is deemed to take over.

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Found this current (Feb 28)CNN list of countries including Ireland allowing visitors. Noting the complex restrictions: cnn list

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Thanks Stan....unfortunately I’m Canadian and that doesn’t work. Hoping to see a vaccine by June. Hopefully by then, there will be more options.

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Ireland is very behind with their vaccination program, my other half lives in Kells, Meath just got notice a month back that he should expect his first vaccine shot between October 22, 2021 and April 14, 2022. Right now they still have travel restrictions of 5km in some areas. Some pubs you can do beers to go or food takeaway, but no real indoor dining. I can’t really see how at this time they are going to open up come July for tourist. They have some hotels being listed as opening back up then.

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Here is a page from Ireland's health service on vaccine rollout.

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/rollout/

This doesn't give specifics about travel regulations from other countries, but it shows where Ireland is in vaccine availability -- about where the US was in January or February, unless I'm misinterpreting what I see. One caveat: the page doesn't have a date, but the enrollment groups have dates, and the implication is that the Irish government updates the page frequently.

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One of the other posts on the Ireland forum had a link concerning this. There has been an announcement that Ireland is planning to open up to vaccinated international visitors fully from July 19th. Those not vaccinated will still have to quarantine, etc. Since we are going in early September after rescheduling several times and are vaccinated, we are thrilled.