Six countries removed from updated travel Green List, Germany and other countries added 1 month ago

Six countries removed from updated travel Green List, Germany and other countries added

The list comes into effect on Monday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has updated the government's Green List of countries from where people arriving into Ireland do not have to restrict their movements.

This list comes into effect from Monday (21 September) and consists of just seven destinations. These are Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

It should be noted that several of these countries have restrictions for entry and will not allow passengers to enter from Ireland without meeting certain requirements, such as a mandatory quarantine or a Covid-19 test.

It's recommended that you consult the Department of Foreign Affairs website for information before travelling to these countries.

Six other countries were removed from the list: Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway and Slovakia.

The updated Green List is based on European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data on Thursday 17 September, and will take effect from Monday 21 September. Until then, the earlier list - containing the six countries which have since been removed - continues to apply.

From now onwards, the Green List is to be updated weekly and will include countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases of less than 25 per 100,000 population.

However, the Green List is likely to be shelved completely next month in favour of a new EU-wide 'traffic light' plan.

The plan is currently in the works and there is expectation it will be finalised at the EU's General Affairs Council in mid-October.

Under the plan, countries and regions would be given either a red, orange or green colour, representative of the incidence of Covid-19 in the area.

The ECDC will publish the maps outlining the colours of the regions, which will be updated each week.