International Travel Guidance
On 28 May, the Government published the roadmap for International Travel which will come into effect on 19 July 2021. See details of the roadmap here. Until 19 July, the advice remains to avoid non-essential travel. After this date, the guidance will become to travel safely and in accordance with public health guidance and restrictions.
- The new roadmap details the requirements for a passenger arriving into Ireland which varies depending on the country they have travelled from; whether they have been vaccinated or not; and whether they have a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.
- For travel within the EU, Ireland will operate EU Digital Covid Certificates.
- An “emergency brake” procedure will be operative where a third country is dealing with a variant of concern or interest to the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).
- This “emergency brake” will be coordinated at EU Level and will provide for urgent and time-limited measures for passengers arriving from the relevant country.
With this roadmap in place, members can expect increased levels of personal travel and annual leave requests from staff. Employers need to plan for the summer months and ensure that the quarantine element is taken into consideration when an employee is booking their annual leave requests if they are leaving the country. If the employees travel requires a quarantine period, you need to discuss if the employee is taking this as annual leave/ a period of unpaid leave and ensure a return-to-work date has been agreed.
We have recorded a brief 15-minute webinar on the New Covid-19 Travel Restrictions. Emma Crowley, SFA HR Executive and Fiona Mulligan, CSI HR Executive, discuss the roadmap for travel within, and outside of, the EU and address what that will mean for employers over the next few months. It is available to listen to here.