'I finally get to see my dad' - Relief and hugs as international travel resumes


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.53 19 Jul 2021


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A woman who has not seen her father in two years says she is looking forward to getting a hug from him.

Jess, who lives in Co Wicklow, was speaking as international travel resumes in and out of Ireland.

Fully vaccinated people, those recently recovered from the virus or who can present a negative test are allowed to travel within the EU.

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Jess told Lunchtime Live the trip will also see her father meet his newest grandchild.

"It means I finally get to see my dad who I haven't seen in the last two years.

"I'm really looking forward [that] he'll be able to come over and visit and he'll be travelling from Canada.

"So Canada's recently come on to the green list there in the last few weeks - and he's fully vaccinated, so there's no mandatory hotel quarantine or anything like that for him.

"He gets to meet his second grandchild; and I think it'll be a very happy visit."

She says the easing of travel restrictions is a massive relief.

"We had had plans, during the maternity leave and everything, to possibly go over and do an extended stay and that was cut short due to COVID.

"But yeah, it's a huge relief - and I'm also delighted that he's fully vaccinated as well so there's that safety concern there, and we are as well over there.

"But just getting to see my dad again, getting a hug, is going to be wonderful."

Jess says while the trip itself is still a bit far away, they are hoping things will stay on track.

"We're currently kind of looking for September so it's still a little ways away, and hopefully everything will go right.

"But it's nice because now there's a bit of certainty that - provided everything holds still - I'll get to see him to six to eight weeks' time."

She says her dad has relaxed a bit more since his vaccine.

"He's not as nervous as he was previously, now that he's vaccinated and everything he's definitely a bit more comfortable with it.

"Little bit of nervous, just because your on an airplane with everybody else and you don't know about the person next to you.

"But... there's loads of precautions and safety measures - having to produce a negative test or your certificate for your vaccination.

"So he's definitely more comfortable just to make the trip over".

Main image: A Delta Airlines flight arriving at Dublin Airport in April 2021. Picture by: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieĀ 

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