Under current rules, people arriving in Ireland from Britain must provide a negative PCR test result and then must self-isolate at home, but can leave isolation after five days with a second negative PCR test .
The new, stricter rules will apply to partially vaccinated people – not fully vaccinated UK travelers.
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Travelers from Ireland to Great Britain do not face such restrictions.
Irish Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ‘prudent’ measure was to curb the spread of the Delta variant, the dominant variant of the coronavirus in Britain, until the Irish vaccination program ran further .
“The more we can delay its propagation,” he told RTE Radio. “The best protection we will have. “
The presence of the Delta variant has been confirmed in Ireland, but at a much lower level of incidence than in Great Britain.
The Irish government is seriously concerned that the strain, which is at least 60% more transmissible than the original Alpha variant, will take hold and jeopardize plans for a wider reopening of the company on July 5.
The new plan for arrivals from Britain will be considered by the Irish cabinet at its regular meeting on Tuesday, and official confirmation is expected this afternoon.