Thousands of Irish tourists could be stopped heading to Spain and Portugal over entry requirements sticking point

Many Irish tourists could be rejected from entering European hotspots like Spain and Portugal if their Covid status does not meet the requirements.

While Covid may still seem like a thing of the past, your Digital Covid Cert is still required to get into these countries – or tests if you’ve opted against vaccines.

And with many people now close to a year on from their first jab, their certs could be expired by the time they jet off on summer holidays.

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Both Spain and Portugal require you to either have a booster jab, from any date, or your last Covid dose be within the previous 270 days if you haven’t gotten all three doses.

And for thousands who are yet to get their booster jab, this could be a problem.




Ireland’s department of foreign affairs says for those heading to Spain: “An EU DCC or equivalent based on vaccination is valid from 14 days after the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination schedule, and for no more than 270 days from that date. In order to be valid after this period has elapsed, vaccination certificates must reflect the administration of a booster dose, and are valid from the day of administration of the booster dose.”

They state the same for Portugal: “European Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent valid proof of full vaccination at least 14 days and no more than 270 days prior to travel.

“No time limits apply where passengers can present a European Digital Covid Certificate or equivalent valid proof of having received a booster vaccine dose.”

Proof of recovery from Covid in the last 180 days is also accepted while travelers can get a variety of tests if they cannot meet any of the vaccination or recovery criteria.

You can check out full advice for Spain here and Portugal here.

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