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Foreign travel restrictions unlikely to be lifted next week

By Sarah Finnan

July 4, 2020 at 10:12am

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Domestic travel restrictions have already been lifted and foreign travel is due to resume later this month.

It's believed that international travel restrictions are likely to remain in place until July 20th at the earliest. Authorities have expressed concerns that a return to foreign travel will lead to a resurgence in cases - calling on the public to cancel any foreign holidays they may have already booked for this summer.

A 'green list' of countries considered safe for people to travel to is expected to be published on July 9th, however, Tanáiste Leo Varadkar has said that this does not necessarily mean that restrictions will be eased right away. Speaking on the matter, Varadkar said: "That is possible, that we will produce a list and the date that it comes into effect may not be the ninth of July."

A meeting held yesterday to discuss foreign travel and Covid-19 has recommended that current travel advice remain, including the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Voicing similar concerns last week,  Dr Tony Holohan said that the National Public Health Emergency team (NPHET) had noticed a "worrying increase" in the number of travel-related Covid-19 cases. Reminding people that the virus is still out there, according to Holohan: "2020 is a year for staycation."

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