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Travel remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels, new figures show

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Friday show that overseas travel last month was at less than half the level in September 2019.

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Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA)

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA)

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA)

Overseas travel to and from Ireland remains significantly down compared to before the pandemic, new figures show.

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office on Friday show that overseas travel last month was at less than half the level of September 2019.

In September, more than 810,000 people arrived in Ireland, while 792,000 people travelled out of the country.

The most popular country, in terms of arrivals and departures, was Great Britain.

The CSO recorded 252,000 arrivals from Great Britain in September, with nearly 277,000 departures there.

Spain and France were also popular destinations.

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Gregg Patrick, a CSO statistician, said that overseas travel had “held steady” between August and September.

The data, he said, shows the “ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel to and from Ireland”.

A range of rules and requirements still govern much of international travel to and from Ireland, even as the country hopes to emerge from the pandemic.

Anyone travelling to Ireland from overseas is required to fill out a passenger locater form.

People are also asked to provide either proof of vaccination or to show a negative Covid-19 test from the last 72 hours.


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