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Visa Agreements

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 3 March 2022

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Ceisteanna (311)

Patrick Costello

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311. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice if she will ensure that all airlines operating flights into Ireland are informed of updated rules waving entry requirements for Ukrainian citizens thus ensuring that they are not refused entry to flights bound for Ireland. [12172/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

On Friday the 25th of February I announced the immediate lifting of visa requirements between Ukraine and Ireland. This will streamline and support the swift exit of both the Ukrainian family members of Irish citizens, and the family members of people from Ukraine who are resident in Ireland. It will apply as an emergency measure to all Ukrainians travelling to Ireland.

The Statutory Instrument removing the visa requirement for Ukraine nationals as an emergency measure takes immediate effect.

I can further confirm that given the urgent humanitarian nature of this measure, the Border Management Unit of my Department have communicated directly with all carriers flying into Dublin Airport, to make them aware of the lifting of the visa requirement for Ukrainian nationals.

Timatic (Travel Information Manual Automatic), which is also referred to as ‘IATA’ or ‘TIMS’, an organization which maintains a repository of various travel information, including the requirements for visas, referred to by airlines and ferry companies around the world, have also been advised of the recent changes by my Department and have confirmed that they have updated their system in this regard.

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