The EU ‘Traffic Light’ system for travel will come into effect from today, Sunday 8th November. Right now, no european countries are listed on the ‘Green List’ – however, once implemented – travellers arriving into Ireland from ‘Green List’ countries will not need to restrict their movements.
Arriving from a Green Country:
- Anyone arriving into Ireland from an EU ‘Green’ country will NOT need to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Arriving from an Orange Country:
- Anyone arriving from an ‘Orange’ country may waive their requirement to restrict movements if they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test result up to three days before arrival. *
Arriving from a Red Country:
- Anyone arriving from a ‘Red’ country will need to restrict their movement for 14 days. This may be waived following the person testing negative (PCR COVID-19 test) which must be taken 5 days after their arrival. *
Government Statement on International TravelOn 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 13th October.
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. Government will consider this on 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.
Special arrangements for Denmark
Passengers arriving into Ireland from Denmark are advised of the need to take additional precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the newly discovered virus variant in Denmark of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Anyone arriving to Ireland from Denmark (currently red on the ECDC incidence map) should ensure that they follow the existing guidance to restrict movement for a period of 14 days following their arrival into Ireland. They are requested to do so notwithstanding their journey being ‘essential’ in purpose as defined by the EU.
In addition, should any traveller from Denmark develop any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 they should phone their GP immediately and alert them of their recent visit to Denmark. Information on arriving in Ireland from abroad, will be made available on the website of the Irish Government (www.gov.ie) or the Health Service Executive (HSE) www.hse.ie
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