The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) said that a number of holidaymakers from Ireland were having to quarantine on the island, despite being fully vaccinated. The situation occurred because Maltese authorities have not been accepting vaccination cards, issued by the Irish health service HSE, and are instead insisting on travellers providing digital proof of vaccination.
ITAA called on the Irish government to liaise with Maltese authorities and issue digital Covid certificates to affected passengers immediately. Paul Hackett, ITAA President, commented: “To the best of our knowledge, Malta is the only EU country that is refusing to accept HSE vaccine certificates.
“This is a situation that can be easily and quickly rectified, if government issue DCCs to all affected travellers. The DCC helpline is also under-resourced, which must be addressed as international travel continues to reopen.”