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Covid Ireland: All the new travel advice as Government announce late-night change for UK passengers

The Government has confirmed some changes have been made to the international travel advice as the Omicron variant starts to spread in Ireland.

Just moments before Micheál Martin appeared on The Tonight Show, a Government spokesperson announced new advice pertaining to people who want to enter Ireland from Great Britain.

On Thursday, another 4,022 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed and 530 people were in hospital of which 115 are being treated in ICU.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said an additional five Omicron cases had been confirmed, bringing to six the total number of cases that have been identified following whole genome sequencing.

And it is with this in mind that the Government has brought in some sweeping changes.

The new travel advice is as follows:

  1. Passengers arriving from Great Britain will be advised to undertake daily antigen tests for five consecutive days, beginning with the day of arrival (and to self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test if they develop symptoms or have a positive antigen test).
  2. Government communications on COVID-19 will be updated to emphasise that everyone should take account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the spread of Omicron in other countries before they decide to trave
  3. Anyone eligible for a booster vaccine should avail of it where possible, if contemplating international travel in the near future
  4. The current requirement for all overseas passengers to have a “not-detected” pre-departure Covid test (antigen or PCR, depending on vaccine recovery status) will continue to apply
  5. Airlines and ferry companies will continue to check pre-departure test compliance, with spot-checking by border management officials also maintained at points of arrival

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