UK and US visitors to Ireland should have to prove they have tested negative for Covid-19 - Dublin Airport Authority
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UK and US visitors to Ireland should have to prove they have tested negative for Covid-19 - Dublin Airport Authority

PEOPLE flying into Ireland from countries not on the official 'green list' should have to prove they have tested negative for coronavirus before they're allowed in, according to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

The company, which runs Dublin and Cork airports, insisted that it should be mandatory for those passengers to take a test less than 72 hours before they arrive in Ireland, to make absolutely sure no one is bringing Covid-19 with them into the country.

Earlier this month, the government published its official green list, which noted the countries people in Ireland could travel to without having to worry about quarantining upon their return.

It effectively listed the countries which were deemed 'safe', notably leaving out the likes of the UK and the US.

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Passengers wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, arrive at Heathrow airport, west London, on July 10, 2020.

The Dail is hosting a coronavirus committee meeting today and the DAA will put their suggestion to the members.

Michael McNamara, the committee's chairman said they will be discussing a whole range of issues regarding people visiting Ireland and tourism in general.

"What can we do to open up tourism in a safe way or can tourism be opened up in a safe manner? Also what supports are necessary until such time as the country is in the position to open up more?" He asked.

"I would also expect maybe some questioning on the revelations over the weekend that the government is obtaining data regarding passengers and using that to deprive those of the pandemic payment."

It's estimated that around 6,000 people per day are arriving in Ireland, with most coming from Britain and America.

The US is now the worst-hit country in the world in terms of Covid-19 cases and deaths.

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Over 4 million cases have been confirmed nationwide, while more than 150,000 people have lost their lives due to the virus.