Ireland adopts EU traffic light system for tourists

The EU’s ‘traffic-light’ system for facilitating non-essential travel for tourists will be put into force in Ireland from 8 November, Tourist Minister Eamon Ryan said on Wednesday.

As part of the move, those arriving into Ireland from ‘Green’ member states will not be required to undertake any tests or quarantine period, but those from ‘orange’ countries will be asked to provide a negative test result, conducted up to three days before arrival.

Those arriving from ‘Red’ nations, meanwhile, must quarantine in the country for 14 days, although the government is likely to introduce exemptions from this requirement should visitors produce a negative test within 5 days of touching down in Ireland.

The news will be welcomed by the country’s two largest airlines, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, who had been putting pressure on the government to put the EU traffic light system into practice.

(Samuel Stolton |

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