Holidays for Britons were looking more positive recently after it was announced that the UK is considering making “air bridge” plans between the UK and other countries in Europe. But now, it seems that one country closer to home may not make the list. Ireland, known for its rich culture and stunning coast line, could be harder to visit this year compared to other countries further away in Europe.
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Despite being under an hour away via plane, an “air bridge” between the UK and Ireland is looking “highly unlikely” according to sources.
This means that Britons hoping to travel to Ireland will have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival despite travel restrictions beginning to ease.
Breaks closer to home, staycations on the green isle and a city break in Dublin could all be off limits.
Government ministers in Ireland have excluded the UK from its list of approved countries to travel with, according to Independent.ie.
The paper said that a memo handed out in a COVID-19 sub-committee meeting said that it was “highly unlikely” that Britain will be included in a list of countries deemed safe for foreign travel.
Ireland is currently excluded from Britain’s quarantine rules.
Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are all excluded from Britain’s 14-day quarantine rules.
The rules state that anyone arriving into the UK from outside the Common Travel Area has to isolate for 14 days.
Arrivals also have to give the UK authorities the address of where they will be staying.
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Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that some travel restrictions between Ireland and other nations will be eased from July 9.
Ireland has not yet announced what countries it will be establishing an air bridge with.
It has been reported that an official list will be signed off soon.
Mr Varadkar said: “When it comes to Great Britain that’s going to depend on the numbers.
“But at the moment incidences of infection are very high in Britain.
“So if it was today we would not be removing the 14-day requirement for traffic from Britain.
“But we’ll see where we stand on July 9.”
Like the UK, it has been understood that those flying from “low-risk” countries will be able to avoid quarantine rules.
Mr Varadkar added: “If you’re flying or going by boat between countries that are on the green list in Ireland, the 14-day guarantee will not apply.”
He also said the rules would be reviewed every two weeks but that Britain would not be included.
The memo seen by Independent.ie said: “Application of further restrictions by Ireland to travel from Britain will add to those concerns, and may be seen as a unilateral suspension of the Common Travel Area by us.”
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