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What is the change? Ireland has adopted the European Union’s COVID-19 traffic lights system for determining entry policies for travelers from Europe.
What does the change mean? Under the system, regions in the EU/EEA and the United Kingdom are categorized as green, orange, red or gray based on their COVID-19 infection level and the availability of data. Individuals traveling to Ireland from green regions, or from Northern Ireland, are not required to restrict movement on arrival. All passenger arriving into Ireland from orange, red and gray regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. This period of restricted movement can end for travelers who receive a negative/not detected result from a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.
Exemptions: The request that travelers restrict movement if traveling from orange, red or gray countries does not apply to:
It is the responsibility of individuals to determine whether their circumstances fall within one of the categories outlined in the EU Council Recommendation.
Analysis & Comments: The Irish government made the decision to adopt the traffic lights map as part of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All travelers arriving to Ireland must continue to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arriving at port of entry in Ireland. Employers should consider that the change in policies may cause delays to intended start dates of their potential employees if the employment cannot be carried out from home. If you have employees or potential new hires who may be impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.
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