New Restrictions On International Travel Are Likely To Be Announced Next Week

Cabinet is to meet on Tuesday

It is expected to approve suspending visa-free travel from Brazil and South Africa in a bid to prevent new variants of the virus arriving. 

Seán Defoe reports:

'As the EU as a block looks at tighter restrictions on international travel Ireland will be taking additional steps next week. It's likely there will be a ban on visa-free travel from Brazil and South Africa, which Taoiseach Micheál Martin says is aimed preventing new strains of COVID from arriving here. People who arrive into Ireland without a negative PCR test will also have to quarantine for two weeks under the new measures. But there's unlikely to be a move towards blanket quarantine just yet. Though the Taoiseach says some talks have taken place with the UK government about introducing quarantine rules on both islands. That would get over the impediment of people being able to arrive here through the backdoor of Northern Ireland, but may politically be difficult to achieve.'

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