British holidaymakers are subject to a 14-day quarantine in Ireland as the UK was excluded from the country’s travel ‘green list’.
The 15 countries Ireland has deemed safe to travel to include: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marin. These destinations have similar or lower rates of coronavirus cases to Ireland.
Portugal, Spain, France and the US are among the other countries popular with Irish travellers that were excluded from the list.
Irish travellers are still advised “to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice” with the list reviewed on a fortnightly basis.
The Irish Government has been criticised for “contradictory and confusing” advice, by Sinn Féin transport spokesman, Darren O’Rourke.
Ireland’s ‘green list’ comes as the UK Government considers regional air bridges to prevent placing entire countries in quarantine.
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Airlines press for US-Europe testing plan to open up transatlantic travel
Four of the largest airlines in Europe and the US are pushing for an international agreement on coronavirus testing to enable transatlantic travel.
British Airways owner IAG, Lufthansa, United Airlines and American Airlines have joined forces to press for an international testing plan to replace restrictions that prevent the recovery of commercial air travel.
“Given the unquestioned importance of trans-Atlantic air travel to the global economy as well as to the economic recovery of our businesses, we believe it is critical to find a way to re-open air services between the U.S. and Europe,” the carriers said in letter to US Vice President Mike Pence and Ylva Johansson, the European commissioner for home affairs.
Regional ‘air bridges’ considered by Government to prevent placing an entire country in quarantine
The UK Government is considering regional ‘air bridge to allow travel to countries such as Portugal and the United States and stop entire nations being subject to UK quarantine rules.
The Department for Transport has told industry they are an option to create travel corridors with low-risk regions. Ministers are also exploring plans to test passengers for Covid-19 before or on arrival at UK airports to open travel with major trade partners like the US.
They could be be part of the second review of quarantine, due on Monday, when Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, will reveal if more destinations will be added to the 74 countries and territories exempt from the 14-day quarantine.
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