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15th Sep 2020

Ireland to abandon Green List for those travelling abroad

Rory Cashin

Dublin airport

A new Europe-wide system has been created based on data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Following on from the government’s announcement of the much-anticipated Living with Covid plan, which outlines how Irish society can remain open while coronavirus continues to circulate here, there has been further details given regards to international travel.

The Green List, which was essentially a list of countries that Irish people could travel to without two-week quarantine upon their return, is set to be abandoned in favour a new traffic-light system which is to be implemented across all of the EU.

The data will be provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) and will assign Green, Orange, and Red lights to countries in the EU, dependant on how many people per 100,000 have tested positive for COVID over a 14-day period.

Countries with 25 or less per 100,000 will be Green coloured, while countries with between 25 and 50 per 100,000 will be Orange coloured.

Any countries with 50 or more per 100,000 will be Red coloured, and people travelling from those countries will need to quarantine for 14 days or will have to have a COVID-test and await results to prove they are negative.

According to the official ECDPC website, Ireland currently has a rate of 48.5 per 100,000, which would put the country into the Orange light area, but just barely below the Red light area. Additionally, the UK currently has a rate of 52.9 per 100,000, which means anyone travelling between the two countries may need to quarantine and/or take the COVID-test.

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