FILE PHOTO: Irish Overseas Minister Simon Coveney and his German counterpart Heiko Maas (not pictured) attend a press convention in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch reuters_tickers
This content material was revealed on January 1, 2021 – 18:18
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Eire plans to finish the nation's journey ban from Britain on January 6 and exchange it with extra stringent COVID-19 testing measures as It’s in search of to cease the unfold of a brand new, extremely infectious variant of the virus, Overseas Minister Simon Coveney reportedly stated on Friday.
Eire banned passenger flights and ferries on December 21. Some 30,000 folks had traveled to Eire from Britain within the earlier two weeks, throughout which period the brand new variant was spreading quickly in elements of Britain.
Passengers touring on non-essential enterprise from Britain after January 6 might be required to supply a unfavourable take a look at taken three days earlier than their flight, Coveney informed the Irish Impartial newspaper.
They may even be requested to limit their motion for at the least 5 days from arrival and can solely have the ability to transfer round freely in the event that they then expertise a second unfavourable take a look at.
"We plan to finish the UK journey ban on January 6, however exchange it with a extra restrictive set of journey guidelines between Britain and Eire," stated he declared.
"We’re keen to maneuver away from a journey ban, which we don't suppose is life like and there’s a must facilitate journey between Nice Britain and Eire for a lot of causes."
COVID-19 is spreading quickly in Eire once more and well being officers stated they discovered seven circumstances of the brand new variant from 77 constructive checks which then underwent genomic sequencing.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Enhancing by Frances Kerry)