A travel professional says Ireland is caught between European Union and British travel policies in relation to COVID-19
The Government’s Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 has actually been discussing international travel in relation to the coronavirus.
This was the primary product on its program on Friday.
Its suggestions will be talked about by the Federal government on Monday.
But travel expert Eogan Corry informed The Hard Shoulder it is hard to anticipate what will occur.
” I believe that one of the issues that is delaying Ireland taking any sort of initiative – they’ve just sort of ducked and dived on this and left it to NPHET … is that they’ve been caught between the EU policy on one side and the Typical Travel Area with Britain in the other.
” It cuts their flexibility to decide.
” Because scenario I think the important things they need to be doing is stating ‘yes we’re agreeing with the EU, but we’re to take perhaps a couple of terms and conditions due to the fact that of the Common Travel Area'”.
On reciprocity and the perception of Ireland to other countries, he stated: “If you can take a trip without constraint between Britain and Ireland, a lot of nations will be looking at that – they haven’t actually drawn that conclusion.”
” That is essential for someplace like Greece, for example, which has actually banned flights from Britain but not from Ireland.”
” Malta is not really welcoming for Britain and, although Malta imported among their COVID-19 cases from Ireland, they were one of the nations that Ryanair had on Wednesday’s initial list of 80 departures from Dublin Airport.
” So the rest of Europe is not too worried about our Typical Travel Location with Britain … that might change if things start getting untidy”.
” Our problem is that, while Britain has actually taken the majority of the heat for having a 14- day quarantine with no one else doing it over the last couple of weeks, we’re now alone.
” And they might begin taking a look at Ireland.”
He included: “I think the 14- day constraint is probably en route out, Ivan.
“[It’s] really tough to call … We are basically stuck back in March the 12 th.
” Our policy – DFA guidance – versus all however essential travel to every country on the planet.
” It wasn’t unusual on March the 12 th, that was when everybody was stressing a little bit … countries were quite consistent in simply stating ‘lets shutter the borders and see what takes place.
” One by one nations are removing it, some of it much faster than others”.
Ireland ‘caught between EU and UK policies’ over COVID-19 travel
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It follows England published a list of 59 countries deemed to have low rates of the virus.
This suggests individuals going back to or going to England from them will not need to self-isolate.
However Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not included and will “set out their own technique”.
Eoghan discusses: “Our Typical Travel Location with Britain, and the land border with Northern Ireland, makes us a bit based on Britain’s policy.
” That may have lifted the pressure on the quarantine today – the 59 nations have been exempted from it.
” In another way it creates another issue because some of the nations that we would do a lot of organisation with are not on that list.
” An unusual exception is Portugal, that was a little bit of a surprise for everybody.
” Bulgaria and Romania are not on that list – luckily Poland is, which was a fear, due to the fact that there are 120,00 0 Polish individuals living in Ireland.”
The EU has likewise published a list of safe countries to travel to outside the bloc.
Nevertheless the list does not use to Ireland, as it is not a member of the Schengen Location.