Nine in 10 Irish people say holidays to countries with risk of Covid-19 should be banned
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Nine in 10 Irish people say holidays to countries with risk of Covid-19 should be banned

DESPITE the prospect of travel restrictions being lifted soon, it appears the vast majority of people in Ireland still aren't keen on the idea of jetting off for a holiday abroad just yet.

In fact, a recent study has shown that 90% of Irish people believe that trips to countries with high rates of coronavirus should be scrapped altogether.

Amongst people over the age of 55, that figure rose to 96%.

The research, carried out by iReach Insights, quizzed 1,000 people around the country to see how they felt about the prospect of overseas travel to and from Ireland being open to the masses.

The study showed that it isn't just countries with high rates of Covid-19 that are of concern, however.

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Three out of five people said they would be uncomfortable even travelling to countries which have established a so-called 'air bridge' with Ireland.

60% of adults surveyed said they would not be looking to travel abroad anywhere at all in 2020, while just over the half the respondents said that they planned to holiday domestically instead.

Younger people appeared to have fewer qualms with travelling abroad. 59% of adults aged between 18 and 24 said they'd happily travel overseas this year if it was to a country where an air bridge had been established.

Oisin Byrne, managing director of iReach, said: "Consumers in Ireland are looking for clear direction from the new coalition government on travel restrictions to other countries and believe travel should be officially banned to countries with high rates of Covid-19."