Aer Lingus has expressed its concerns over the Irish government’s updated green list of countries.
The updated list comes into effect on Monday (September 22).
Aer Lingus spoke about its concerns at the Irish government’s approach to the green list of countries people can travel to without having to quarantine when returning home saying it does not represent a step towards alignment with the European Commission’s free movement proposal, which the Irish government promised to “broadly support”.
The updated list names Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as the countries citizens can travel to without having to quarantine on their return.
A number of countries were removed from the list including Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Greece, Norway and Estonia.
A statement from Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus is concerned at the approach taken by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today in updating the green list.
“On Tuesday the Government indicated that it would align with the proposals developed by the European Commission which outlines a co-ordinated approach to free movement across the European Union and European Economic Area.
“Aer Lingus looks forward to the early and complete implementation of the European Commission’s free movement proposal.
“The application of that proposal would have seen the following countries retained on the list: Greece, Italy, Norway, and Slovakia.
“It would also have seen the following countries added to the list: Bulgaria, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Malta.
“Aer Lingus looks forward to the early and complete implementation of the European Commission’s free movement proposal.”