Ireland Extends Ban on Non-Essential Travel Until July 20

The Irish government has announced that it is extending the ban on all non-essential travel until July 20

The Irish government has not followed England in relaxing the rules around non-essential travel, nor have their announced any possible air-bridge agreements.

Banning non-essential international travel until July 20, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that the country would adopt a “cautious approach” to international travel so as “not to undo the good work which has been done” in fighting Covid-19.

Mr Martin also said that the government would not publish the so-called “green list” of countries which are safe to travel to before July 20.

When announced, a country’s place on Ireland’s “green list” will depend on three factors. These are:

  • The number of cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people
  • The 14-day trend in new cases
  • An assessment of the testing and tracing of those countries

Mr Martin also confirmed that a Covid-19 contact tracing app will be launched tomorrow (July 8).