'Green list': 15 countries named on list for travel without quarantine

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The Government has released the names of the 15 countries on the "green list", from where travellers will not be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into Ireland.

The countries are: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy. Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia/Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco, and San Marino.

On Tuesday night it was announced that these countries were deemed as safe, with ‘normal precautions’ for travel. However, several countries which are popular destinations for Irish tourists including France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and the USA are not on the “green list”.

The advice also states that all passengers regardless of the originating country will have to fill out a Passenger Locator Form to allow for contact tracing.

Earlier in the day divisions had emerged within the Cabinet about whether or not to proceed with the publication of the list.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there shouldn't be a list if the advice to travel is not also going to change.

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He's warned about mixed messages being sent from Government.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told the Dáil they will be careful with any reopening of the country.

"Societies and countries all over the world are experiencing difficulties in reopening. Some or a lot more severe than others so far.

"This Government has taken a very cautious approach and I have said that reopening our schools at the end of August is the priority.

"The resumption of services for non-Covid illnesses is a priority and it is challenging and very difficult."

"The resumption of services for non-Covid illnesses is a priority and it is challenging and very difficult."

Some figures in Government are understood to have argued that the whole idea of the green list should be abandoned, if official advice remains not to travel.

Last week the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney confirmed that America will not be on the "green list" of countries.

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