The European Union is heading towards tougher restrictions on travel both from outside and within the bloc amid rising concerns over new variants of Covid-19.
Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin says more discussion is needed to identify measures that all 27 can agree to “but it’s all heading in one direction”.
Speaking to the Irish Times, Mr Martin said: “There’s a lot of concern about the variants across the member states, people are really worried about it.
“There’s a bit more work to be done on that…but it’s all heading in one direction. We’re very strong that supply chains have to be protected in terms of any travel restrictions.”
In the meantime, some member states may go ahead with their own new measures at their borders with Germany and Belgium leading calls for tougher restrictions on non-essential travel.