People Who Travel Abroad Under EU Digital COVID Certificate Being Advised To Purchase Travel Insurance In Case They Test Positive For COVID-19 Abroad
According to The Irish Independent, people who travel abroad under the EU Digital COVID Certificate are being advised to purchase travel insurance in case they test positive for COVID-19 abroad.
Speaking to The Irish Independent, Minister of State Ossian Smyth highlighted the potential problems faced by travellers from Ireland to another EU country where they test positive for the virus and cannot come home.
"There is an issue around what happens when someone tests positive abroad, particularly on a family holiday," he said, adding that protocols around issues such as a child in one family testing positive are still to be addressed.
Smyth was speaking at a forum organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland and the European Parliament Liaison Office.
The cost of the insurance policy would rise by an estimated €70.
Pat Dawson of the Irish Travel Agents Association said, "It is one thing to have insurance but it is important to have proper cover."
Dawson urged potential travellers to "look at the terms and conditions of any policy they have," but also predicted instances where people would be stuck abroad due to infection to be very low.
EU Digital COVID Certificate
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, introduced to make travel easier among member states, is due to come into effect in Ireland on July 19.
Dawson said that a low number of families are booking trips abroad in July and August, but highlighted a large number of bookings from September onward.
This is fuelled largely by the uncertainty over whether the mid-July start will materialise.
A number of difficulties with the EU Digital Cert are still being worked on, such as people having to book a test to come home in another country where there is no record of their identity.
Ambassadors from the EU's 27 countries yesterday approved a modified proposal from the European Commission that people who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days should be free to travel from one EU country to another, as well as agreeing to let individual countries decide to allow in people who have received just one dose.
Traffic Light Colours
Restrictions for non-EU travellers are expected to be based on the degree to which the country they are coming from has COVID-19 under control.
As vaccinations accelerate, the EU will loosen the traffic light colour coding it has used to determine the safety of regions within the bloc.
Green regions must now have fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days, and a positive test rate of below 4 percent. Cases can rise to 50 or 75 if the positivity rate is less than 1pc.
A red category would apply where infection rates are up to 500, from a previous maximum of 150.
For those travelling from a green zone, there should be no restrictions.
EU member states will also be able to hit an "emergency brake" to bar all travellers from a region showing a spike in more infectious variants of the disease.
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