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From Today End of Border Test Restrictions Spells Better Times Ahead for the Travel Industry

6th January 2022
Travel test requirements end in Ireland and England this week. Above Irish Ferries which uses Dublin Port's ferryport terminal (No.1). Travel test requirements end in Ireland and England this week. Above Irish Ferries which uses Dublin Port's ferryport terminal (No.1). Credit: Jehan Ashmore

As the more dominant the Omicron variant of the virus has become, paradoxically the more redundant restrictions on the travel sector to halt its spread have looked.

Now that the variant is everywhere it’s pointless trying to keep it out at borders with demand-destroying PCR tests for inbound travellers.

The scrapping of Ireland’s Omicron travel rules from today (Thursday) will be a boon for companies such as Ryanair and Irish Continental Group (ICG), the owner of Irish Ferries.

This was reflected in share prices on Wednesday – Ryanair was up 1 per cent, after a jump of more than 5 per cent on Tuesday as soon as markets opened, as investors anticipated a relaxation of travel rules here and also in the UK.

Also on Wednesday, ICG’s shares rose more than 1.8 per cent in Dublin.

More from The Irish Times story. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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About Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, is a a major ferry operator in Ireland, providing daily and weekly links to and from Ireland for tourism and freight travelling between Ireland and the UK and Ireland and the continent. Irish Ferries has a fleet of six ships, three of which service the busy Dublin to Holyhead route.

The ICG Chairman is John B McGuckian and the CEO is Eamon Rothwell.

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