Ireland to increase restrictions for people arriving from Covid-19 hotspots - including US and Middle East
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Ireland to increase restrictions for people arriving from Covid-19 hotspots - including US and Middle East

IRELAND is set to ramp up controls on people entering the country from places with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

This includes stricter regulations for those arriving from the likes of the United States and the Middle East.

It's understood that arrivals from these 'Covid-19 hotspots' could be asked to provide a negative coronavirus test if they're to be granted entry to the country.

Speaking to RTE's Morning Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that by August 10, the Passenger Locator Form would be online, and suggested that it could be a prerequisite for being "able to get on the plane".

"We are going to move the Passenger Locator Form online effectively, to make it an awful lot more accurate to ensure that when people give information, in order for them to be able to get on the place, the accuracy of that information will need to be verified," Coveney said.

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He added that the government would set up a call centre so that every person who arrives in Ireland will get a follow-up call about their whereabouts, and to make sure they are aware of the public health advice such as the social distancing requirements as well as the rules about face masks.

Coveney also said that there would be random testing at airports for passengers coming in from non-green list countries.

The green list, which was finally published today after weeks of speculation, is a list which states the countries Irish people are free to travel to without having to quarantine when they arrive back home.

15 countries in total were put on the list: Cyprus, Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Greece, Gibraltar, Greenland, Monaco and San Marino.