The 15 countries that Ireland has deemed safe to travel include: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marino. These destinations have similar or lower rates of coronavirus cases in Ireland.
Other countries popular with Irish travelers who were excluded from the list are Portugal, Spain, France and the United States. Irish citizens are still advised to ‘avoid non-essential travel abroad until further notice’, with the list being reviewed every fortnight.
The Irish government has been criticized for its “contradictory and confusing” advice by Sinn Féin transport spokesman Darren O’Rourke.
Meanwhile, DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said Sinn Féin’s call for travelers from Britain to Northern Ireland to be quarantined is a ‘no runner’. It is currently possible to cross the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland without having to quarantine.
Ireland’s “green list” comes as the UK government plans regional airlifts to avoid placing entire countries in quarantine.
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