Ireland’s Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney has highlighted that many of the Irish citizens who requested assistance were caught up in major accidents overseas, including the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the protests in Hong Kong and the political instability in South America.
“Irish citizens continue to travel more often and more widely than ever before – meaning a greater frequency and complexity of consular cases. This presents ever-growing challenges in providing assistance for Irish citizens who get into difficulty overseas,” Coveney said.
In addition to carrying their European Health Insurance Card with them when travelling to European destinations, Coveney has implored that Irish citizens ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance before they go away this year. He added that those travelling to higher-risk countries should also register their travel details with the DFA online.