Covid-19 grounded - you can't leave your county, now you can't leave your country

No Covid-19 safe countries to visit says Government

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

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Planes effectively grounded by the pandemic

The Government has removed all countries from a list of destinations deemed safe for Irish people to travel to during the Covid-19 pandemic and these changes came into effect earlier today, October 12.

There are now no countries on Ireland's so-called Green List for international travel.

The tightening of international travel restrictions adds to the Level 3 measures which say nobody should leave their county unless they have to go to work or have an essential reason such as medical care.

The Green List was reviewed on the basis of ECDC data on Thursday, October 8.

"As no EU / EEA countries were below the required 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases, there will be no countries on the Green List with effect from Monday 12 October," said the Government.

The next review will be on Thursday 15 October, with any changes to take effect from Monday 19 October. In the meantime, the Government says Ireland continues to work with EU partners to finalise negotiations on the new Council Recommendation on coordinating travel within the Union (“EU traffic lights system”)