A sudden in a single day change in journey guidelines between Eire and Germany has left dozens of individuals stranded this morning in what has been described as a 'nightmare' for passengers.
A person returning to Frankurt for work after visiting household over Christmas time stated the scenario had left nearly all of individuals on his flight stranded at Dublin Airport.
The person, who wished to stay nameless, hoped to return to the German city the place he works in IT, however was stopped on the departure gate with airline workers requesting a Covid check detrimental earlier than boarding the flight.
The younger man had booked a Covid check for his arrival in Frankfurt, as earlier journey restrictions allowed it, however the brand new restrictions posted on the International Workplace web site learn: "At midnight January eight, 2021 , all Irish passengers should present a detrimental check consequence earlier than they’re allowed to board a flight to Germany. "
He continues: “The check have to be lower than 48 hours previous. PCR and LAMP assessments out there at Dublin Airport are accepted as are antigen assessments.
"You’re nonetheless topic to quarantine rules even when the check is detrimental."
The rule change got here as a shock to passengers as the following anticipated change was set for January 11 the place it states: "There might be an extra requirement for passengers from excessive threat areas to take a check on the airport. arrival or current a detrimental check. consequence lower than 48 hours on arrival. "
However passengers with proof of a check booked for his or her arrival in Germany have at all times been refused entry.
The younger IT specialist coping with the matter this morning informed the Irish Mirror: 'It truly is a nightmare scenario.
“Individuals have been a lot worse off than me, individuals with switch flights to different elements of Germany or Germans who needed to ebook final minute motels till they have been over. They will take a Covid check.
"I used to be residence for Christmas and was heading again to work subsequent week so it's a little bit of a nightmare.
“About 9 individuals acquired on the flight and as you may see within the video there are solely lots of people standing.
"I’d have been pleased to take a check if I had recognized earlier than at present. I had booked a check on arrival however they didn’t settle for it . "
The person stated that didn't trigger him an excessive amount of of a fear and that his flight was modified to Monday after he booked a personal Covid check for the weekend.
However he stated the last-minute change prompted great misery for different passengers who discovered themselves in rather more troublesome conditions.
The International Workplace has been contacted by the Irish Mirror for an announcement.