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Ireland Latest Nation to Restrict International Inbound Travel

Ireland Latest Nation to Restrict International Inbound Travel
Joe Cortez

Ireland will become the latest country to put travel restrictions on inbound flyers, requiring those coming in from vacation spots to quarantine for 14 days. Although the move is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it could create even more trouble for airlines operating in the nation.

Going against the recommendations of the European Commission, Ireland is tightening their restrictions on who can enter the nation without a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Reuters reports only seven nations will be on the “Green List” for quarantine-free entry, which goes into effect on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.

United States, Canada, Italy and Spain off the “Green List”

Although the European Commission recommended a much more liberal list for quarantine-free travel, the Irish government has decided to tighten the list as COVID-19 cases surge. With a current rate of 50 cases per 100,000, Ireland is only allowing in residents of nations where the new infection rate is only half that number.

This leaves only seven countries on the “Green List:” Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Travelers from all other nations – including the United States, Canada, and tourist destinations Italy and Spain – will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Ireland’s two native airlines, Aer Lingus and Ryanair, have both expressed frustration over the plan. Spokespersons from Aer Lingus say they were “concerned” by the Irish government’s move, while Ryanair says the moves hurt the aviation industry, and both aviation and tourism “cannot afford any further delays or indecisions.” The ultra-low-cost carrier is now threatening to close their bases at Shannon Airport (SNN) and Cork Airport (ORK) if the government doesn’t change their position on quarantine restrictions.

New Restrictions Come as Stakeholders Call for Testing over Quarantines

Ireland’s tougher restrictions come as European stakeholders are demanding testing and scientific-based risk modeling instead of blanket quarantine rules for nearly all inbound travelers. Earlier in September 2020, Airlines for Europe sent a “Last Call” to governments, warning them that if quarantines continued, the aviation industry could face deep financial problems moving forward.

Instead, the trade organization asked governments to offer on-arrival testing, and change quarantine requirements to regional instead of international. London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has floated a plan to test travelers upon arrival, but is waiting on approval from the British government to move forward.

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  1. mb48

    September 19, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    This is a very misleading article. It reads as if Ireland is just introducing quarantine restrictions. In fact, these have been in place for months. What you are actually reporting on is the latest update to the green list, whereby some countries (eg Italy) were removed, while others (eg Germany) were added.

  2. Kgmm77

    September 20, 2020 at 2:24 am

    The article is littered with inaccuracies.

    “Ireland will become the latest country to put travel restrictions on inbound flyers, requiring those coming in from vacation spots to quarantine for 14 days.”

    Quarantine requirements have been in place for 6 months. The list of countries has simply been revised to reflect more recent infection rates.

    UNITED STATES, CANADA, ITALY AND SPAIN OFF THE “GREEN LIST”

    United States, Canada and Spain were never on the green list….

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