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« on: January 10, 2021, 07:47:40 pm »
https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/dublin-airport-passengers-stranded-covid-19593004

Nightmare as Dublin Airport passengers left stranded after travel rules change overnight

Passengers were refused entry to their flight without an up to date negative Covid test

By Andrew Byrne
08:59, 9 JAN 2021
NEWS

A sudden overnight change to travel rules between Ireland and Germany left dozens stranded this morning in a situation described as a "nightmare" for passengers.

One man who was travelling back to Frankurt for work after visiting family over the Christmas period said the situation left the majority of people on his flight stranded in Dublin Airport.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, hoped to return to the German city where he works in IT but was stopped at the gate with airline staff requesting a negative Covid test before boarding the flight.

The young man had booked a Covid test for his arrival to Frankfurt as previous travel restrictions had allowed, however, new restrictions displayed on the Department of Foreign Affairs website state: "As of 00:00 on 8 January 2021, all passengers from Ireland must produce a negative test result before they are allowed to board a flight to Germany."

It continues: "The test must be less than 48 hours old. PCR and LAMP tests available at Dublin Airport are accepted, as are antigen tests.

"You are still subject to quarantine regulations even if the test is negative."

The rule change came as a surprise to passengers as the next expected change was set for 11th January where it states: "there will be an additional requirement for passengers from high-risk areas to either take a test on arrival or present a negative test result less than 48 hours old on arrival."

But passengers with proof of a test booked for their arrival to Germany were still refused entry.

The young IT worker caught up in the issue this morning told the Irish Mirror: "It is a bit of a nightmare situation really.

"People were a lot worse off than me, people with transfer flights to other parts of Germany or Germans who had to book last-minute hotels until they can get a Covid test.

"I was home for Christmas and I was heading back to start work again next week so it's a bit of a nightmare.

"About nine people got onto the flight and as you see in the video, there are just loads of people left standing there.

"I would have happily gotten a test if I had known before today. I had a test booked on arrival but they didn't accept it."

The man said it hasn't caused him too much hassle and has had his flight changed for Monday while he has booked a private Covid test for over the weekend.

But he said the last-minute change caused huge distress to other passengers who were left in much tougher situations.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted by The Irish Mirror for a statement.

 


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