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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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Lola, they do know, and the answer is yes. That's why those don't want the risk should stay inside, mask, social distance, etc

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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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Lola, sorry, I did a double negative. So, to be accurate in my intended response: Lola, they do know, and the answer is yes, it isn't 100% certain that you can't still be a carrier. That's why those don't want the risk should stay inside, mask, social distance, etc. Your well researched articles (thank you, helpful) support that assertion that the vaccines aren't 100% effective in preventing transmission.

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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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Well, apparently Ireland is currently letting Americans enter. Normally I would say yea!!! But I am only interested in places that want tourism, and although Americans can enter, Ireland is still in what they call Level 5 "Stay Home". That is obviously incompatible with tourism and not a welcome. I imagine everything is closed too. I think best to wait.

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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.