Government Clarifies COVID-19 Test Rules For Children For Overseas Travel
The Department of the Taoiseach has clarified the COVID-19 test rules for children who accompany their parents on overseas family holidays when international restrictions are lifted, following confusion.
Responding to repeated questions about on the rules to which families travelling overseas with children from July 19 will be required to adhere, the Department of Health told The Irish Times last week that "children aged 11 and under…do not need to take a PCR test" and can fly with their parents who are "immune or vaccinated", and that only "children between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a negative PCR test".
However, this contradicted information about the age groups that require tests that was issued by the Department of the Taoiseach on June 29, which stated that "children aged between 7 and 18" are required to have a negative PCR test.
Responding to a request for clarification about the COVID-19 test rules for children for overseas travel, the Department of the Taoiseach reportedly confirmed that "children aged between 7 and 18" require a negative PCR test to travel overseas "under current rules".
The Irish Times quotes the Department of the Taoiseach as saying, "Children can travel [back in]to Ireland if their parents are travelling on a negative test, as long as they have their own negative test."
EU Digital COVID Certificate Travel Rules
The Department of the Taoiseach reportedly also confirmed that adults can travel on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is due to be implemented in Ireland on July 19, if they are immune through recovery, vaccinated or have a negative PCR test, and not just "immune or vaccinated", which had previously been suggested by the Department of Health.
Children travelling with parents who are on the EU Digital COVID Certificate reportedly will not be required to complete quarantine when they arrive to Ireland.
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