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Irish passport holders in Britain to be offered EU Digital Covid Cert

The EU Digital Covid Certificate can be applied for by GB residents with Irish passports from today
Paul Ainsworth

IRISH passport holders living in Great Britain will be able to apply for the EU Digital Covid Certificate that proves vaccination status from today.

The digital certificate system proves a holder is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and is used for travelling and entering venues across the European Union.

In recent weeks the service was made available to Irish passport holders in the north, and from Friday October 15 it can be applied for by residents of Great Britain who hold Irish passports.

The Republic's Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: "The Third Country portal is being made available to Irish passport holders on a phased basis, and with 8,000 certificates already issued to those vaccinated in Northern Ireland, this service will support the free and safe travel for Irish passport holders within the EU."

Plans are also underway to offer the service to Irish passport holders who were vaccinated outside the European Union next month.

Non-Irish passport holders in Northern Ireland can apply for the Department of Health's COVIDCertNI digital certificate, which is also accepted as proof of vaccination in parts of the EU.

Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, said: "The extension of the EU Digital Covid Certificate to members of the Irish diaspora in Great Britain is a very welcome development. The further roll-out of this service is part of the Government’s commitment to the Diaspora to address and remove barriers to them returning home."

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