Finally some good news for Indian travellers craving to explore exotic international destinations in the world! Ireland has removed its quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated Indian travellers. A sumptuous opportunity for Indians to apply for short term visas to visit in Ireland.
According to reports, applications for the short term visas by Indians are now being accepted by the Ireland VAC (Visa Application Center). A significant step in encouraging Indian travellers to visit the country for tourism purposes. They can stay in the country up to 90 days as per the policies and norms of the visa.
Latest guidelines issued by the country
The Ireland Embassy in India have issued a statement confirming the documents required and protocols that need to be adhered to, by Indian travellers.
1. The short stay visas will be endorsed with "BIVS" thus granting access to the British Irish Visa Scheme.
2. Provide the proof of vaccination for the first and second doses as per the needs
3. If detected for COVID-19 in the past, provide the proof of the recovery
4. A negative PCR test report to be provided to the Ireland Immigration at the port of entry
Any other measures by law as defined by the Ireland government needs to be mandatorily and strictly followed by Indian travellers. Besides, the statement also specified that all restrictions on visa and other pre-requisite clearance required at the port of entry have been removed by the country. The earlier measures were brought in as a stop-gap norm to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The move is mainly to encourage tourism in Ireland, severely hampered by the ongoing pandemic situation. The Indian community has been significantly increasing in the country from the past 30 years.
The fact that Ireland is an English-speaking country and has tremendous potential for education and career opportunities in various sectors, is a great boon for the Indians.
Besides, its natural beauty and historical significance have contributed a lot in increasing the influx of passionate Indian travellers. The lifting of the restrictions is an attempt to churn in those visits and capitalise the revenue into the tourism sector of the country.
Things to note
The Ireland Embassy in India has, however, reiterated on certain facts that the Indian travellers need to be cautious of.
Visa processing time will take its due course. It will be 10 days for processing a Business visa, 25 days for processing a Visit visa and 20 days for processing a Student visa.
Requests for speeding up the process will not be entertained by the Embassy.
What info you need to travel to Ireland?
Indian travellers must carry a vaccination certificate as downloaded from the COWIN portal of the Indian government.
They can enter Ireland 15 days after the final vaccine dose. The RT-PCR test must be performed 72 hours prior to arrival in to Ireland.
With the good news pouring in, what are you waiting for?pack your bags and gear up to explore Ireland.
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