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DFA Confirms Non-Essential Travel Can Resume to Green List Countries

31st July 2020 - 12:30pm

Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO)

Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO)


Dept. of Foreign Affairs confirms non-essential travel can resume to green list countries. The DFA published an “Important Travel Advice Update” on its website. It states that the “security status for those locations to which non-essential travel can resume has been changed to “normal precautions” (“green”) rating, i.e. the 15 countries on the ”Green List”. These countries are exempted from the government policy against non-essential travel overseas. It still highlights the risks of overseas travel during the pandemic and staying in Ireland is the safest option.


The outcome followed the ITAA call for clarity from the government publicly and in discussions with the Department of Transport in relation to the conflicting advice regarding “Avoid Non-essential Travel” and the “Green List” destinations. The Association was dissatisfied with the mixed messages from the Government and sought and secured a clear decision relating to the lifting the non-essential travel ban for the countries on the green list.


Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO) had sought “the Government and the Dept of Foreign Affairs to make a clear decision on the current guidelines so that we can begin to rebuild our industry.”


The new clarification allows for consumers to be covered by travel insurance if they choose to travel to “Green List” countries. Travel trade insurance providers A&G and Blue Insurance have both confirmed they can provide travel insurance to countries on the Green List.


See below for extract: “General Covid-19 Travel Advisory in Operation


General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship. However, as of 21 July, travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. The security status for those locations to which non-essential travel can resume has been changed to ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating. Individuals arriving in Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival. These locations are: Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Monaco, San Marino and Slovakia.”


Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be made in line with Government decisions.”

For full update, see DFA HERE

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Pat Dawson (ITAA CEO)
Ireland's “Green List” (21/07/20)

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