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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Travel

Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
UK strikes in air travel and Royal Mail could impact Irish Christmas plans
A report by
Lauren Boland
Strikes are planned in the UK this month by rail workers, passport control officers, and in Royal Mail.
# Wanderlust
'I can't do it in the Masai Mara! But when I get back to Nairobi I can do my running'
The well-travelled Harry McNulty captains the Ireland 7s in Dubai this weekend.
# Travel
UK wants EU visitors to give 'face and fingerprint biometrics' - but Irish will be exempt
As part of the ETA application process, applicants “will be required to submit their biometrics”, a Tory MP said.
# Transport
Ireland's 'car-dependent' transport system needs to change, says OECD
Improvements in fuel efficiency and electric vehicle use won’t be enough to bridge the gap for 2030 emissions.
# Travel
Luggage issues continue at Dublin Airport as passengers report delays and lost bags
Airlines and handlers have said the situation has significantly improved since the early summer chaos witnessed at the airport.
Although the number of lost bags appears to have reduced, passengers are still reporting long delays at baggage claim areas, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Aer Lingus said its situation regarding baggage has "improved significantly".
DAA issues new passenger advice, reducing time to arrive at Dublin Airport before a flight
Dublin Airport: Defence Forces to come off 'standby' and DAA has not sought extension to deal
# Dublin Airport
DAA issues new passenger advice, reducing time to arrive at Dublin Airport before a flight
The operator has said that “virtually all passengers” have moved through security in 30 mins this month.
# Tourists
Tourism Ireland was worried article about visit cost for holidaymakers would get 'amplified'
There has been a steady level of online complaints from visitors to Ireland, a Tourism Ireland report said.
# DAA
Dublin Airport says its plan to handle the summer surge is working
The airport authority issued an update to say that its improvements ahead of the summer period had “achieved their desired result”.
# On Yer Gondola
Venice unveils mandatory day-trippers’ reservation and fee
Venice officials confirmed new rules today for day-trippers that come into effect in January.
# 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.
# 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
# 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.
# Travel
Criticism for Ryanair as airline requires South Africans to take pre-flight test in Afrikaans
Critics of the move by Ryanair have pointed out the language’s apartheid association and that it is only the third-most spoken language in the country.
# Delays
Dublin Airport sees busy morning 'with none of the delays of last week'
As many as 49,000 passengers are expected to depart from Dublin Airport today.
# SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
Poll: Do you consider climate impact when booking holidays?
Tourism is responsible for a significant slice of global greenhouse gas emissions.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s causing the chaos at Dublin Airport?
Listen to hear travel editor Eoghan Corry explain what’s been causing the recent chaos.
# holiday from hell
Dublin Airport 'holding areas' outside terminal building to be used for early passengers if needed
DAA chief executive Dalton Philips says he does not expect the system to be needed this weekend.
The holding areas, which will include car parks, are a contingency measure that are not expected this weekend.
DAA CEO Dalton Philips said he had "a high level of confidence" that last week's lengthy queues won't be repeated.
He acknowledged however that some people may be forced to queue outside.
DAA given until tomorrow morning to find solutions to airport chaos, ministers say
# RIP
Irish adventurer and travel writer Dervla Murphy dies aged 90
The Waterford writer wrote many books about her journeys abroad – often travelled by bicycle.
# Travel
Trains, planes and automobiles: Irish ministerial transport emitted 400 tonnes of carbon last year
An analysis by The Journal reveals the Government’s carbon footprint for 2021.
An analysis by The Journal has found that ministers emitted 406 tonnes of CO2 equivalent between them last year.
The final figure is an under-reporting of the true number because multiple departments did not release full data.
Details released also show that eight ministers used public transport at least once in 2021.
# j1
Students blast travel company USIT over lengthy delays to J1 applications
Many of the company’s customers are still waiting for their visas, with their flight dates just weeks away.
Many students going on a J1 with travel company USIT are still waiting to receive their visa, with their flight dates just weeks away, reports Emer Moreau
They're unsure when they'll be able to travel to the US, and therefore can't secure accommodation or tell their employers when they can start working
Students pay USIT up to €1,100 to organise their trip, including setting up mandatory interviews at the US Embassy in Dublin and liaising with US-based companies who sponsor those on the J1 scheme
# Travel
European Parliament votes to extend Digital Covid Certs for 12 months
The non-binding vote means member states can discuss extending the system past the end date of 30 June.
# Travel
Qantas to launch direct Sydney to London route - the longest non-stop passenger flight
People are set to spend 19 hours in the air travelling from Sydney to London by the end of 2025.
# Dublin Airport
DAA urges passengers not to arrive too early for flights over Easter weekend
In a statement, the daa said that passengers should arrive at Dublin Airport up to three and a half hours before their flight.
# Travel
New Zealand to ‘welcome the world back’ as tourism restarts
The announcement brought forward the date that tourists can visit from countries including the US, Canada, Britain and much of Europe.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19 restrictions for people travelling to Ireland to end tomorrow
International travellers to Ireland will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test upon arrival.
# Travel
'Fortress Australia' re-opens after two-year Covid closure
“The wait is over,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a press conference today.
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# France
France suspends transit ban for Britons living in EU
Under stricter Covid-19 travel rules being applied since December 28, only Britons whose official primary residence is in France were to be allowed in.
# Travel
All arrivals into Ireland will be advised to take antigen tests for five days
The Taoiseach announced the measure in an address to the nation this evening.
# flying home for christmas
An estimated 850,000 passengers will pass through Dublin Airport this Christmas
Numbers travelling are up by 162% on last year but down by 42% on pre-pandemic levels.
# Travel
Storm Barra: How transport has been impacted today across the country
Counties in Ireland are currently under either Status Red, Orange or Yellow weather warnings.
# Travel
New travel test rules take effect for inbound passengers to Ireland
Ireland is exempt from further rules on testing announced yesterday for people travelling to the UK.
# pandemic
Deeply unlucky Munster simply focused on getting home from South Africa
10 of their players and staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
# covid tests
Ireland exempt from new UK travel rules requiring Covid-19 test for arrivals
The new rules do not apply for those within the Common Travel Area – including Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you travelled abroad since the start of the pandemic?
Many travel rules still apply across the world.
# restrictions
People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine
Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands are among countries to have already banned visitors from South Africa.
# covid19
New Zealand to stay closed to foreign travellers for another five months
The border announcement came as New Zealand prepares to revamp its domestic Covid-19 response to scrap lockdowns.
# covid cert
Irish passport holders vaccinated outside the EU can now apply for an EU Covid Certificate
Adults who hold an Irish passport and are vaccinated with one of the four EMA approved vaccines can apply.
# international travel
Children under 18 won't be required to be fully vaccinated to enter US
They will still need to take a Covid-19 test unless they are two or younger.
# reopening
India reopens for foreign tourists on charter flights as Covid-19 cases decline
Foreign tourists on regular flights will then be able to enter India starting on 15 November.
# Tourism
Irish travel company Joe Walsh Tours to reopen after ceasing business earlier this year
After ceasing trading in April 2021, KPMG were appointed liquidators of the company.