Government Reportedly Considering Longer Quarantine Period For Unvaccinated Individuals Who Travel To Ireland From The UK To Combat Threat Posed By Delta Variant Of COVID-19
The government is reportedly considering a longer quarantine period for unvaccinated individuals who travel to Ireland from the UK to combat the threat posed by the Delta variant of COVID-19.
As reported by The Irish Independent, at present, individuals who travel to Ireland from the UK can end their home quarantining five days after their arrival in Ireland if they have written confirmation of testing negative for COVID-19, however, the home quarantine period is expected to be increased by a number of days for unvaccinated people who travel to Ireland from the UK.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney reportedly said that the increasing number of cases linked to the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the UK is concerning and that new measures will be introduced to stop the more transmissible variant of the virus taking hold in Ireland.
The Irish Independent quotes Coveney as saying to RTÉ's This Week radio programme, "I don't want to announce anything today, but we are looking at this seriously," and adding that the government is looking at "potentially longer quarantine periods particularly, for people who aren't vaccinated".
Coveney reportedly said that he spoke to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly over the weekend and expects recommendations on travel to and from the UK to be announced this week.
The Irish Independent quotes Coveney as saying, "We need to do what we can to make sure, within reason, that we do that we slow down the spread of that variant into Ireland at an absolute minimum."
Coveney reportedly added, "Obviously I think people who are fully vaccinated are in a different category in the UK in terms of travelling to people who are not vaccinated."
There reportedly are no plans to for a mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for travellers from the UK.
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