Ireland could introduce additional travel restrictions for international locations with a really excessive occasion of Covid-19, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday after the federal government lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for 15 European international locations.
Ireland, which has one of many decrease charges of an infection within the European Union with round 5 instances per 100,000 individuals up to now 14 days, determined late on Tuesday to drop the restriction for individuals coming from international locations with the same or decrease rate.
Coveney said the federal government would flip its consideration within the coming weeks to whether or not it ought to introduce steps past the 14-day quarantine from areas hardest hit, together with a possible requirement to take a coronavirus take a look at earlier than departure.
“We’re looking at countries that may effectively become hot spots for Covid-19 in the months ahead, or indeed regions within countries, and looking at ways in which we can deal with that risk,” Coveney instructed nationwide broadcaster RTE.
Arrivals into Ireland from Malta, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greenland, Greece, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino now not have to limit their actions.
The choice was shorter than many different international locations’ “green lists”, together with British-run Northern Ireland, which shares an open land border with Ireland the place no travel restrictions are imposed.
While Irish travellers returning from the 15 international locations is not going to have to quarantine both, the federal government took out full-page newspaper ads on Wednesday telling those that the most secure things to do was not to travel wherever.
“The message is still clear, the safest thing to do is not to take your holidays abroad, look after your family, spend your money at home and holiday at home,” Coveney said, noting that, whereas travel to and from Ireland was at round 7-8% of its traditional degree, 50,000 Irish individuals have been still travelling overseas per week.
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