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# Travel

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# Your Say
Poll: Should travel restrictions between Ireland and the UK be lifted?
The vaccination programme is ramping up but easing restrictions too early could lead to another wave of Covid-19.
# Travel
EU Commission proposes reopening of external borders
EU officials believe the vaccination campaigns will soon be a “game changer” in the fight against Covid-19.
# Shortlisted
India and Iran among five new countries added to mandatory hotel quarantine list
Seven states have been taken off the list from today.
# Digital green Certificates
European Parliament votes to introduce EU Covid-19 passports - with some changes
MEPs said that the Covid certificate system should not be in place for longer than 12 months.
# Travel
Spain says it is ready to welcome tourists from June
MEPs will today vote on a proposal for Digital Green Certificates.
# covid19
India to be added to Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list
Three cases of the B1617 variant, which was first identified in India, have been confirmed in the Republic.
# holiday! celebrate!
Ursula von der Leyen says fully vaccinated US tourists will be able to visit the EU
Individual member states are likely to adopt the EU’s Green Cert plans at a different pace.
# Northern Ireland
NI announces 10-day mandatory hotel quarantine for 'red list' arrivals
The countries on the red list include Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and Venezuela.
# Tourism
Tánaiste 'increasingly confident' that indoor and outdoor dining will reopen during the summer
Leo Varadkar said that it is “increasingly evident that outdoor dining is much safer than indoor”.
# Travel
Israelis question why they have to quarantine in hotels in Ireland despite being fully vaccinated
“If you don’t accept people into the country who are vaccinated, are Irish people the same? When they go travelling does it mean nothing outside of Ireland?”
# mandatory hotel quaratine
Irishman who can't come home for mother's funeral questions 'arbitrary' decision to add Puerto Rico to MHQ list
John Doherty has questioned why the country was added to the list while other US territories or the US itself were not.
# Travel
Talks to take place this week to find a compromise on mandatory hotel quarantine expansion
One idea on the table is expanding the role of quarantining at home.
# Travel
First group of passengers arrive in Ireland for mandatory hotel quarantine
All arrivals into Ireland, from 33 selected countries, must now stay in a hotel for 12-days before they are free to travel in Ireland.
# hotel quarantine
Online booking portal for Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine is now live
The Tifco Hotel Group has been appointed as the service provider for the quarantine hotels.
The mandatory hotel quarantine will come into effect at 4am on Friday.
The Tifco Hotel Group has been appointed as the service provider for the quarantine hotels.
All passengers travelling to Ireland from designated States must enter mandatory hotel quarantine.
Taoiseach says 'vaccine bonus' and people's 'mental well-being' will influence decision on restrictions
This report to NPHET breaks down how lockdown in Ireland compares to other countries
# Travel
President Michael D Higgins signs mandatory quarantine legislation into law
The law was passed in the Dáil and Seanad.
# Travel
Ryanair announces eight new routes for Belfast City Airport from this summer
Ryanair has not operated at Belfast airport since 2010.
# international travel
Donnelly meeting with Glynn to discuss whether more countries should be added to mandatory hotel quarantine list
There are currently 20 countries on the ‘category 2′ list.
Number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals drops below 600
Ten Covid-19 patients being treated in ICU died in the 24 hours up to 8am yesterday – the single highest daily number.
Opinion: No foreign travel this year? All is not lost, Ireland has a lot to offer
As foreign travel appears to be entirely off the radar for 2021, many are turning their attention to trips at home. Here, travel writer Deirdre Mullins shares some of Ireland’s hidden gems.
# Enforcement
AGSI boss surprised to hear about Garda role in hotel quarantine - as Cabinet yet to sign off on Bill
The Cabinet is yet to sign off on mandatory hotel quarantine for some travellers arriving in Ireland.
# Travel
DUP says a two-island approach to international travel is worth 'exploring'
The party’s leader said there was “scope for cooperation” on a joint approach between Ireland and the UK.
# international travel
20 countries to be on Ireland's mandatory hotel quarantine list
Primary legislation is required before people are mandated to quarantine in hotels.
# travelling abroad
Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.
# Travel
Ryanair says it owes no money to travel agents, denies claims that airline is causing refund 'logjam'
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said last week that there is no backlog and all refunds have been issued.
# Travel
Nearly 300 people fined €100 each at Dublin Airport in last days of January
Additionally, over 300 people arrived to Ireland without a valid PCR test last month.
# Travel
France to close borders to non-EU countries to limit spread of Covid-19
France is restricting its borders and shutting all large shopping centres from tomorrow.
# four walls
Mandatory hotel quarantine to be expanded and 'Iceland model' explored - Tánaiste
Arrivals from Brazil or South Africa or those without a PCR test are currently facing hotel quarantine.
# Travel
Over 100 breaches of PCR test rule at Dublin Airport recorded under new rules
The Department of Justice said the breaches were a mixture of people failing to provide a test result and others providing a test result from beyond the 72-hour limit.
# Travel
Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday
Micheál Martin said 397 people arriving at the airport yesterday were returning from holiday.
# Travel
Confusion reigns over mandatory quarantine rules for arrivals from Britain
The HSE had changed advice on its website but the DFA has said the situation has not changed.
# covid19
Minister says gardaí will not enter homes to ensure people are quarantining after travel
If people are found not to be at home when they receive a call, they could face a fine of up to €2,500.
# covid measures
Level 5 restrictions to remain in place until 5 March as ministers agree on mandatory quarantine measures
There will also be additional checks at the ports and airports.
# mandatory quarantine
Govt looking at mandatory quarantine for arrivals without a PCR test and from 'high risk' areas
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also spoken about a potential ‘two island’ solution with the UK.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be mandatory quarantine for people who arrive in Ireland from abroad?
A number of other countries have brought in mandatory quarantine.
# international travel
Mandatory quarantine unlikely and only to be considered if UK opted for similar system
Irish government favours asking people to restrict their movements.
# international travel
No plans to ban South American passengers as there are no direct flights into Ireland
Travellers from South America are no longer allowed to come into the UK, amid fears over a new virus variant first identified in Brazil.
European agency to amend travel advice following criticism from top Irish health officials
The ECDC said elements of its advice around international travel “need to be modified”.
# Travel
People travelling from Britain or South Africa required to have negative Covid test before arrival
The change will kick in this Saturday.
# Coronavirus
All travellers into Ireland will need negative PCR test from previous 72 hours
The travel ban from Britain is set to be lifted at midnight on Friday.
# New Strain
People who arrived in Ireland from Britain since 8 December under 'enhanced surveillance'
Dr Colm Henry said NPHET will “be looking at enhanced surveillance of these passengers coming in”.