The government is providing a significant effort to tackle the pandemic situation and is trying to adopt all of the possible measures required for keeping the Covid 19 infection rate low and secure the lives of the native people. As part of the government’s efforts to tackle the situation, Minister of Justice Helen McEntee signed the order. The order is about imposing new visa-related requirements from South Africa and several South American countries. The order has come into effect at midnight of January 27, 2021. Furthermore, the decision to cease and approve the recent visa application decision is taken by the government temporarily. Though such decisions can significantly impact the business process and affect the country’s overall economic infrastructure, the government has faced the requirement to make such a decision by considering the current pandemic situation. In other words, it stated that increasing travel-related restrictions and this kind of measures introduced aimed by the government has to interrupt the transmission of Covid 19. Hence, in this current situation, travel may not be possible, and it is not advisable at all until traveling becomes utterly necessary.
Obligations to be followed
Individuals have to remember that currently, it is against the law for any individual to travel even within Ireland for not-essential requirements. People will punish in the same scenario. As Covod-19 is becoming a significant concern, enforcement of such rules and obligations has been increased effectively over the last few days. The overall situation will be reviewed in consultation by relevant authorities. Steps are to be taken based on the future situational requirements—the further notice given by considering the future scenario. However, as of now, visa applications are not being accepted. In this regard, it is essential to point out that priority and emergencies must be taken into account by those individuals for whom exceptions in the visa requirement process made—a discussion of the topics established in the following section.
By considering priority and emergency cases, exceptions granted
There are several workers and self-employed people associated with critical occupations. For instance, much of the work is related to healthcare. Apart from that, the requirement of some frontier posted workers, and seasonal workers may face traveling for an emergency need. Changes in associated guidelines and the free movement of them during the pandemic phase may be allowed. In this regard, a thought to transport workers has also provided to them. Transport workers or transport service providers that include drivers of freight vehicles, which carry goods for the utilization of territory, may get the chance to move by considering the situational requirements. However, the matter is that before providing them with the free movement-related allowance, first analyze the situation. If the government found an emergency need for transportation, they would grant free movements. However, the main thing prioritized here is the overall problem and its necessity. If a patient faces the requirement to move for better treatment and suffering from critical health conditions, they need to submit the official documents required for traveling. For education-related purposes, people may be allowed to move to Ireland. In this regard, urgent business or family travel-related needs can be exempt from this suspension. If someone faces the requirement to travel to Ireland for any significant and considerable demand for the business or the family-related emergency, then the person would be allowed.
Along with that, it is also essential to state that transiting passengers are exempt from the suspension. However, all of the people who are thinking of traveling to Ireland and are trying their level best to get their visa application accepted have to remember that the overall process is dependent on the situation. If they can prove that their purpose is genuine and their emergency is considerable, and if the government found that the case can support their traveling needs, they would accept their application. Now, it is essential to make a discussion regarding the processes that people who are interested in traveling can do now. The elaborate topic is alluded to in the following sections.
What should applicants do now?
Individuals are allowed to submit applications online. However, they have to remember that their applications will not be processed, and they have to wait for further notice. Applicants and employers need to remember that employment permit application submission and processing do not have any chance to be impacted by the entry visa application suspension. Hence, there is no need to think of it. In any urgency, applicants who want to travel promptly suggested contacting the nearest embassy or consulate. In this regard, they need to request an emergency appointment. People who place the actual travel emergency request, considered with sufficient understanding and empathy, and appropriate measures must remedy the situation. However, it is a temporary situation, and by looking at the Covid 19-related issues, the rules and responsibilities will change. Suppose, after several weeks or months, the condition is found under control. It will indeed raise the travel barrier and take further measures to meet current and future needs.