Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Questions (139)

Joe Carey

Question:

139. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health if he will report on progress in relation to the establishment of a digital green certificate to facilitate international travel for EU and Irish citizens, residents and their families who want to travel to another EU country and who have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from Covid-19; the position in relation to this proposal; if he will recommend that Ireland embraces this initiative in full when finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22870/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Digital COVID Certificate Regulation is intended to facilitate people’s fundamental right to move and reside freely and help to support the lifting of restrictions currently in place in a coordinated manner within the EU.

As the Minister for Health, I am supporting the work of my Department in collaborating with relevant Departments under the leadership of the Department of Taoiseach to assist in the implementation of this Regulation to prepare for the introduction of EU Digital COVID Certificates both for those travelling to the country and those travelling from the country.