The long-awaited European digital travel pass is expected to be operational from mid-July, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said after meeting fellow EU leaders in Brussels.
The “only issue for Ireland would arise in public health advice around travel and assessing the public health situation in terms of travel across the European Union,” the PM told the Irish Times.
Martin also said the government would receive advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team on Thursday and agree to measures on travel, entertainment, sport and hospitality on Friday.
“We’ll analyse and monitor what’s happening in the United Kingdom, with the Indian government in particular, [and] take on board public health advice and make our decisions then,” the PM said.
“COVID has really undermined travel for the last year and a bit. A lot of workers want to get back to work, pilots want to get back to work, cabin crews, everybody working on the ground in the airports, we understand that fully,” Martin said.
“Connectivity is important for Ireland, so we have to weigh all of this up as we make decisions on Friday, but I just want to let people know in the sector that we’re acutely aware of the pain that they’re going through and have been going through because of COVID-19. The same applies to hospitality, and the entertainment and the arts. Anything we open, we want to keep open, insofar as we possibly can,” he added. (Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)