“I can finally see my dad” – Relief and hugs as international travel resumes
A woman who hasn’t seen her father for two years says she can’t wait to get a hug from him.
Jess, who lives in Co Wicklow, spoke like resumption of international travel inside and outside Ireland.
Fully vaccinated people, those who have recently recovered from the virus or who may test negative are allowed to travel within the EU.
Jess said Live lunch the trip will also see his father meet his new grandchild.
âIt means I can finally see my dad who I haven’t seen for the past two years.
“I am really impatient [that] he will be able to come and visit and he will travel from Canada.
âSo Canada recently got on the green list in the last few weeks – and he’s fully vaccinated, so there’s no mandatory hotel quarantine or anything like that for him.
“He is going to meet his second grandchild and I think it will be a very happy visit.”
She says the easing of travel restrictions is a massive relief.
âWe had planned, during maternity leave and everything, to possibly go on an extended stay and that was cut short because of COVID.
âBut yeah, that’s a huge relief – and I’m also delighted that he’s also fully vaccinated, so there’s that safety issue there, and we’re also there.
“But just seeing my dad again, giving me a hug, that’s going to be wonderful.”
Jess says that while the journey itself is still a bit far away, they are hopeful things will stay on track.
âWe are currently looking for a little September, so it’s still a bit far, and I hope everything will be fine.
“But that’s good because now there is some certainty that – provided everything stays still – I will be able to see him in six to eight weeks.”
She says her father has relaxed a bit more since his vaccine.
“He’s not as nervous as he used to be, now that he’s been vaccinated and he’s definitely a little more comfortable with it all.
âA little nervous, just because you’re on a plane with everyone and you don’t know the person next to you.
“But … there are plenty 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.”
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