Thousands of Irish vacationers plan to travel abroad in search of the sun this summer.
However, many tourists are facing difficulties lately because they have not been able to take the right steps when planning their trips.
One family had a terrible start on their vacation when one member was denied boarding a plane to Spain because his passport was due to expire in five months.
Covid’s restrictions have ended almost everywhere, but are there any rules or documentation you still need to know?
There are four questions Irish tourists need to ask before taking off on their vacation to Spain or Portugal this summer:
Does my passport have a date?
According to current European Union requirements, passenger passports are under the age of 10 and must be valid for at least 3 months on the passenger’s return date.
If you are considering a trip this summer, you should check your passport expiration date to make sure you have returned to Ireland with your passport for at least 3 months.
If you need to renew your passport, the Irish passport office has the fastest way to do this, Online portal..
The current time required to renew an adult passport application is 10 business days. However, more complex renewals will take 15 business days, and first-time passport applicants will wait 30 business days.
Is my Covid status correct?
Many Covid restrictions are no longer enforced, but some rules apply to allow entry into Spain or Portugal.
Travelers coming from Ireland to Spain must comply with one of the following health requirements:
- Ann EU Digital Covid certificate or negative certificate
- Negative Covid test
- Recovery certificate from COVID Within the last 6 months.
If you do not have an EU Digital Covid Cert or equivalent, you will need to fill out a health care form before departure.
You can do through this https://www.spth.gob.es/ Website or Spanish Travel Health App. Once this is done, you will get a QR code that you need to show both when you board and when you arrive in Spain.
Children under the age of 12, or no need to present an EU DCC or fill out a SpTH health care form.
All tourists arriving in Portugal must present one of the following:
- European Digital Covid Certificate-Valid proof of complete vaccination from 14 days to 270 days before travel. However, the time limit does not apply if the passenger can present a European Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent valid evidence that he / she has received the booster vaccine.
- Certificate of recovery from Covid within the last 6 months.
- Valid evidence that the COVID-19 test result is negative.
The Traveler Locator Form is no longer required for travel to Portugal.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from all of the above requirements.
Do you know how early you need to arrive at Dublin Airport?
At Dublin Airport in March, many passengers suffered significant security delays, but recently it has been reported that increased staff has significantly improved security wait times.
The Dublin Airport website continues to notify passengers that they will arrive at the airport up to 2.5 hours before short-haul flights and up to 3.5 hours before long-haul flights.
Passengers can also view estimated security queue times via dublinairport.com, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and the Dublin Airport app.
Am I aware of the risks?
Tourists are vulnerable to trivial crimes such as fraud, pickpocketing, and fake ticket fraud, as people tend to relax and be alert on holidays.
In a recent study, Barcelona, Spain, was the capital of Europe’s pickpockets and was designated as a city at risk of thieves for tourists. Tourists are also informed that Madrid, Spain, is at high risk of pickpocketing and that the same crimes are increasing in parts of Portugal such as Lisbon and Algarve.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Irish tourists abroad to take the following basic precautions:
• Do not carry your credit card, travel ticket or money with you. Keep spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
• Do not carry your passport unless absolutely necessary. Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) at home with your family and friends.
• Avoid presenting large amounts of money in public places, especially if you are alone, do not use the ATM after dark. After doing your business, make sure no one is following you.
• Watch your personal belongings carefully and keep them in public places such as internet cafes, train stations and bus stations.
• Avoid dark, unlit streets and stairs, and arrange to board or disembark as close as possible to the entrance to your hotel or apartment.
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