Tenerife Dental Clinic says Irish inquiries have dried up

A dental clinic on the Spanish island of Tenerife, whose staff said they were willing to provide An Garda Síochána with information about their Irish clients, says a sudden increase in interest from people in the state has stopped.

One week ago, staff at the Tenerife Sur Dental Clinic told The Irish Times that at least 50 people based in Ireland had been in contact with a request for a letter or email, but that none of them had turned up.

It was widely believed that the bookings were made to avoid potential fines when they returned to the state to travel abroad without a reasonable excuse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government has since announced plans to increase the fine for leaving the country for non-essential reasons from € 500 to € 2,000 per person.

Receptionist Roberta Beccaris said the dental clinic had been puzzled by the growing interest from Ireland. The clinic does not specialize in “dental tourism”, as dentists in some EU countries do, and it does not market in Ireland.

“The last two weeks have been crazy. They kept calling and sending emails, she said.

Since the increase in bookings was reported in the media and the proposed increased sanction, the flow of e-mails and telephone calls to the clinic has dried up.

“They have left. We think they must have read the newspapers or heard the reports on the radio because we do not receive any more requests for meetings from Ireland,” she said.

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