'Green list' of countries safe to travel to will not be published today

'Green list' of countries safe to travel to will not be published today

IRISH FOLK with half an eye on a holiday this summer will have to remain patient after the publication of the 'Green List' of countries which are safe to travel to was postponed.

The announcement was due today, but according to reports, the cabinet meeting to officially confirm the list was itself delayed, leaving would-be holidaymakers in the dark.

At the time of writing, no date has been pencilled in yet to reschedule the meeting, though it is expected to take place at some point next week.

Many Irish people hoping for a holiday this summer were waiting in anticipation for the list to be announced, which would feature the countries people could fly to without having to self-isolate once they return to Ireland.

A list is still due to be published in the near future, though the government has urged citizens to holiday within the country and avoid all non-essential travel where possible.

Those hoping for a trip to Spain in the coming weeks will be interested to know that the city of Barcelona has re-entered lockdown this weekend, increasing the likelihood that Spain will not appear on the eventual 'green list'.

There have been over 300,000 cases of coronavirus in Spain, as well as nearly 30,000 deaths.

There's also concern that due to the number of incoming flights to Ireland, particularly those from the United States, we could experience a spike in Covid-19 cases of our own over the next few weeks.