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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Holidays

Last year
2022
# Your Say
Poll: Have you planned any trips abroad for 2023?
Let us know.
# Delays
Nearly fivefold increase in the number of complaints to the Passport Office this year
Complaints relate to the long delays as well as citizenship issues.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you exercise when you’re on holiday?
People were seen jogging at Glastonbury festival in recent days.
# summer holidays
Poll: Are you going on a foreign holiday this summer?
Let us know.
# Travel Chaos
Poll reveals one in 10 Dublin Airport passengers to change travel plans due to queue chaos
More than 1,000 passengers missed their flights on one day last month due to long security queues.
A new poll reveals the long queues have prompted 12% of Dublin Airport passengers to change or cancel their flights, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Those aged 18-24 were more likely to say they had changed travel plans.
'Just plain unfair': Criticism over summer surge in cost of Dublin Airport parking
Dublin Airport running 'smoothly' following 'busy first wave' earlier today
# Dublin Airport
'Just plain unfair': Criticism over summer surge in cost of Dublin Airport parking
DAA said the airport is currently experiencing very high demand for car parking and this is pushing up the price.
# Travel
Ryanair announce seven new routes as part of winter schedule
Shannon Airport also announced that it will begin a twice weekly flight to Paris from September.
All time
# Your Say
Poll: Have you travelled abroad since the start of the pandemic?
Many travel rules still apply across the world.
# Bank Holiday
Calls for three extra bank holidays in February, September and November
People Before Profit said the government should support their Bill that will see three extra bank holidays established.
# Going abroad
Varadkar apologises to those who have had a 'bad experience' with the Digital Covid Cert helpline
The Tánaiste also said 17,000 certs have been reissued after an “error” with the fada in peoples’ names.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What could your holidays look like for the rest of the year?
We get the latest on the digital covid certificate, and a travel expert tells us what holidaying will be like from the 19 July.
# green cert
Government expects to 'stick with the plan' of opening up foreign travel on 19 July
Ireland is to sign up to the EU Green Cert a number of weeks after it is available.
# Holidays
'I hope we don't get back to this': Concerns in government that NPHET could push back against return of foreign travel
The government has earmarked a return to foreign travel on 19 July.
# Holidays
Explainer: What does the EU Covid Cert mean for travel this summer?
The cert will allow free travel for vaccinated people as well as those who have had a recent negative PCR test.
# evening quiz
Quiz: How well do you know these Irish holiday destinations?
Hotels and other tourist accommodation venues reopened their doors last Wednesday.
# Holidays
Spain welcomes vaccinated tourists after easing of restrictions
Tourism is a major industry that in 2019 accounted for over 12% of Spain’s GDP.
# Summertime
Covid-19: Here's when to expect next week's summer re-opening decisions
Cabinet will meet on Friday this week.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you go on a holiday abroad this year?
The EU’s ‘digital green cert’ is set to be in place by June.
# Central Statistics Office
Nine in ten people would get a Covid-19 vaccine next week if offered, says CSO report
A total of 1,621 people were surveyed by the CSO as part of the fifth round of surveying for the Social Impact of Covid-19.
# Rainy Day
Finance Minister 'looking at ways' to keep money saved by people during pandemic in this country
Paschal Donohoe also stressed the vaccine roll-out as ‘biggest driver’ of Ireland’s economy this year and next.
# Foreign Travel
Going to the airport to leave the State without a valid reason is now an offence
People in breach may be subject to a fine of €500.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you planning a holiday abroad this year?
Leo Varadkar has said summer holidays might be off the agenda.
# Holidays
Taoiseach says government will consider extra bank holiday for 2021
There have been calls for another bank holiday in a bid to boost tourism next year.
# Travel
NPHET yet to give advice on issue of people travelling home from abroad for Christmas
Irish aviation regulators are calling for mandatory pre-departure testing instead of quarantine restrictions.
# stopped
104 people have had their Covid unemployment payment stopped due to international travel
The Department of Social Protection said the payment is not for people going on holidays.
# green list
Taoiseach says it's 'impossible' to enforce mandatory quarantine for people arriving in Ireland
He said people travelling from outside the green list countries should restrict their movements.
# Holidays
'Garbled messaging' around travel 'green list' to be discussed by Cabinet
Some ministers do not want to undermine the notion of Ireland as an open economy.
# covid19
Stormont health committee member cancels holiday in Italy following criticism
Paula Bradshaw is going to a resort in Italy with her family next week.
# travel advice
Green list will be 'very short' but Greece and Cyprus likely to feature
The US has already been ruled out, so what countries might make the cut?
# Staycation
Irish hotel room bookings are at about 25% - last year they were at 90%
The Irish Hotels Federation says action needs to be taken.
# Holidays
Overseas travel restrictions to remain in place until 20 July
Cabinet met in Dublin Castle today.
# pricey trip
Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments
Claimants would not be able to claim for the duration of their holiday and two weeks afterwards.
# air bridges
Quarantine to remain as ministers put travel 'green list' on hold beyond 9 July
The ‘green list’ is expected to be published on 20 July.
# Holliers
Explainer: What's the current advice about taking holidays abroad and how would 'air bridges' work?
Ireland is looking at creating travel corridors with other countries in Europe with similarly low levels of Covid-19, but there’s no certainty as of yet.
# Package Holidays
Government guarantees credit notes issued by licensed Irish travel agents and tour operators
The Irish Travel Agents Association said the industry has seen a drop of 98% in business over the past three months.
# Holidays
Ireland's 'air bridges': Real risks virus could be re-imported from Britain, warns Taoiseach
15 June is too soon to open Ireland’s border, says Leo Varadkar.
# Tourism
'It's not necessary anymore': Aer Lingus wants rid of the two-week quarantine for people flying into Ireland
The Irish airline has echoed calls made by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.
# Holidays
'It's not looking good': Foreign travel looking 'highly unlikely' this year, says Harris
Government is to consider making it mandatory to self-isolate if you arrive in Ireland from abroad.
Voices
Column: Top tips for parents to avoid a holiday from hell this summer
They may be the apple of your eye but a break from the little darlings might just be the best part of your holiday, writes Shane Dunphy.
# Future Focus
Bye-bye guide books, hello virtual tours: The future of going on your holliers
Sarah Harford on the technological shifts that are changing our experience of going away.