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Published on November 7th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Irish Government Issues Statement on International Travel

On 20th October Government agreed further steps to broadly align with the EU approach on a traffic light system for international travel, as agreed at the EU General Affairs Council on 13thOctober. 

The national approach from midnight Sunday is as follows:

–          Ireland’s categorisation of green/orange/ red now refers to EU regions, rather than individual countries;

–          Adoption of the EU proposal for passengers travelling on certain essential functions not being advised to restrict movements. This includes essential workers, journeys for imperative business or family reasons (for example, attending a funeral), essential medical reasons for travel;

–          Those arriving from green regions can enter the State without being expected to restrict movement or undergo testing for Covid-19;

–          From midnight 8th November passengers from orange regions who have a negative PCR test result for Covid-19 from a test taken up to three days before arrival are advised that they do not need to restrict movements. 

–          For the time being, those arriving from red regions must continue to restrict movements for fourteen days.

Further intensive work has since taken place to develop an approach for Covid-19 regime that can be implemented for international arrivals from red regions. The Government will consider this next Tuesday. It is important that this approach does not in any way impinge on vital public health testing capacity. It is important to emphasise that Ireland is currently under level 5 of the Government’s National Framework for living with COVID-19 and the advice remains that there should be no non-essential international travel.

In addition all residents of Ireland are being asked to restrict movements to within 5km of their home unless it is strictly essential.   Any arriving passengers in Ireland must abide by these public health measures.

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