The Government has this evening agreed to a ‘Green List’ of countries, and travel advice changed to ‘exercise caution’ for these countries

The requirement to self isolate for 14 days having returned from one of these countries no longer applies.

The list is to be reviewed every 14 days.

Travel advice remains to avoid non essential travel to all other countries.

The counties said to be included in the ‘Green List’ are listed below:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Anyone travelling to Ireland from a green list country will not have to restrict their movements. For people living in Ireland, the advice is to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice.

Family and friends arriving from a green list country should be treated as visitors. This means you should follow social distancing and other public health guidelines. You should not interact with them in the same way as the people in your household that you live with every day.

Statement on Government Travel Advice – ‘Green List’

Following a meeting of the Cabinet this evening, the Government has agreed that the following countries be included as Normal Precautions on the Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco, and San Marino.

Anyone arriving into Ireland from these countries will not have to restrict their movements. Passengers from any other country outside of those with a Normal Precautions advisory are asked to restrict their movements for 14 days.

The list will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials including public health experts.

There is no change to the current policy in respect of travel from Northern Ireland.

The Government will continue with plans to strengthen the existing measures for monitoring passengers who arrive into Ireland, including the introduction of an Electronic Passenger Locator Form, enhanced follow-up procedures, a call centre operated by the DAA, and a proposed testing regime for symptomatic passengers at airports and ports.

Processes to restrict flight or passenger travel in certain circumstances will also be explored.

In conjunction with these preventative measures, there will be a renewed communications campaign across all platforms to ensure maximum public awareness of the latest advice.

The Pandemic is not over and the public health advice remains the same. The safest thing to do is not to travel.

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