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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Travel

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# phase four
'We’re just short of calling for lynchings at airports': TD calls for perspective in Covid-19 coverage
Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday there were only 16 people on a flight from Dallas about which concerns had been raised.
# Travel
Coveney: 'I don’t think we should prevent flights landing in Ireland or ban international travel'
Coveney said people arriving in Ireland will be checked up on.
# Travel
Busiest recent flight from Texas to Dublin had 'fewer than 20 passengers on board'
Only two such flights from Dallas to Dublin have landed since the route resumed service.
# green list
Northern Ireland lifts 14-day quarantine rules for dozens of countries
The British government has published its ‘green list’ of countries that don’t require self-isolation after travelling there.
Voices
Time for fish! Martin Shanahan of Kinsale's Fishy Fishy has a recipe for you
The award-winning chef is encouraging everyone to stay away from the runways during Covid-19 and instead travel the roads of Ireland to support local tourism.
# Covid-19
'Utterly shambolic': Wales and Scotland hit out at UK government's shifting position on air bridges
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford accused the UK government of making an announcement and then trying to “work out” what they meant.
# essential info
Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel
The government is advising people to avoid all unnecessary overseas travel.
# Covid-19
'Complacency is our biggest enemy now': People warned about foreign travel as restrictions ease
Liz Canavan said worrying Covid-19 trends have been seen in Ireland and abroad recently.
# international travel
'Mixed messaging': Call for clarity on whether people should cancel holidays abroad
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said it is important to reopen the economy, “but not at the risk of another wave”.
# covid19
EU lifts travel restrictions for 'safe' countries, excluding virus-stricken US
If the Chinese government agrees to allow EU citizens travel there, the country may be added to the list.
# Phase Three
Warning that non-essential travel abroad should be avoided to prevent a Covid-19 surge in Ireland
Professor Philip Nolan has said that just because travel restrictions are easing doesn’t mean people should go abroad.
# stay local stay safe
'A grave concern': NPHET's Philip Nolan urges public to reconsider travelling abroad as imported Covid-19 cases rise
Earlier this week, Nolan also revealed that 13 cases of the virus have been imported from countries including Bangladesh, India, and Portugal.
# Covid-19
NPHET voices concern about 'small number of travel-related cases', including from UK and Sweden
‘Fewer than 10′ such cases have been recorded over the past two weeks.
# Travel
Leading US airlines say passengers who don't wear face coverings may not be allowed to fly
Airlines said they will be “vigorously” enforcing face covering policies throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
# Wheels Up
Countries across Europe continue to open up their borders to foreign travellers
From today, France, Belgium, and Greece are lifting restrictions for travel within Europe.
# Holidays
Ireland's 'air bridges': Real risks virus could be re-imported from Britain, warns Taoiseach
15 June is too soon to open Ireland’s border, says Leo Varadkar.
# Travel
Ireland’s air traffic decline 'among worst in Europe'
There was a 83% decrease in flights in May this year compared to the same month in 2019.
# Covid-19
Change to wage subsidy scheme to include those returning from maternity leave
The change will also accommodate those returning from a period of paternity or adoptive leave.
# Ryanair
CMO dismisses O'Leary claim that quarantine for overseas visitors has 'no basis in science or health'
Michael O’Leary called for the government to halt the new regulation.
# Covid-19
'Unprecedent collapse' in overseas visitors as air and sea travel fall 99% in April
Just 16,100 people arrived in Ireland last month, according to the CSO.
# Covid-19
Most customers whose travel plans were cancelled amid Usit liquidation will be able to claim refunds
The company’s online operations have been bought by a previous CEO and shareholder.
# Free Movement
Brussels launches legal action against UK over free movement 'failure'
According to the infringement decision, the UK has failed to “comply with EU law on the free movement of EU citizens”.
# Deserted
EU looks to save summer holidays but will leave the reopening of borders to each country
Tourism accounts for 12% of jobs across the EU.
# closed borders
'The impact is massive on my family': Cancer patients seeking treatment abroad impacted by Covid19 crisis
A number of cancer patients rely on treatment overseas for various different types of cancers.
# Travel
Irish people in Spain who want to come home told to return by Thursday night
Spanish airports will remain open for a number of days to facilitate the exodus from the country.
# Coronavirus
Ryanair and Aer Lingus remove flight change fees for period due to Covid-19
Both companies confirmed they will lift the fees from today.
# Coronavirus
Budget airline Flybe 'on brink of collapse' after failing to secure €115m loan
The struggling airline has been hit by a slump in bookings since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
# Coronavirus
Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?
The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to certain areas of Italy – these are your options if you have a trip booked.
# Travel Expenses
Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months
The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.
# NTA
Monthly and annual travel fares rise today... but more changes to cash and Leap tickets set for April
NTA CEO Anne Graham said that overall fare revenue will increase by “less than 2%”.
# Travel
Dublin Airport opens sensory room for passengers with special needs
The room includes relaxing music, mood lighting, bean bags and digital display panels.
# accessibility
Irish Rail accused of 'just not caring' as scale of lift problems at train stations revealed
Over the last two years there have been multiple instances of lifts being out of order for more than 20 consecutive days.
# Your Say
Poll: What is the best city in Ireland?
Lonely Planet has said tourists should head to Galway, but does that make it the best?
# operation Matterhorn
Thomas Cook refunds to take up to two months, with 35,000 passengers still to fly home
More than 100 aircraft have been used as part of the UK’s repatriation fleet and some 115,000 people have been flown back to the UK.
# middle eastern holiday
Irish citizens among those who can now get a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia for the first time
Visas for the desert kingdom had until now been restricted to foreign workers or pilgrims to the country’s holy sites.
# Thomas Cook
Explainer: How did Thomas Cook go under?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said bailing out the company, which employed 22,000 people globally, would set up a “moral hazard”.
# pets on the move
Cork and Shannon Airports are now designated entry points for pet dogs, cats and ferrets
The three animals are grouped together in EU legislation because those species are susceptible to rabies.
# repair works
Irish Rail services face disruption this Bank Holiday weekend as the company carries out repairs
Passengers have been reminded to check timetables before travelling.
# discover EU
Irish 18-year-olds can avail of new free interrail tickets to travel around Europe
The aim of the scheme is to get young people interested in connecting with Europe.
# national geographic
These spectacular photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year
The contest carries a $7,500 first prize.