Travellers to Ireland from Great Britain must take Covid tests for five days | Ireland

People who travel to Ireland from Great Britain will be required to undertake daily lateral flow tests for five consecutive days after arrival, the Irish government announced on Thursday night.The tests will be in addition to the recently announced requirement that travellers to the republic have a negative PCR or lateral flow test before boarding a ferry or plane.In a statement, the taoiseach’s office said that the first test should be taken on the day of arrival and, if any symptoms of Covid emerge or if a passenger has a positive result from a lateral flow test, they should seek a PCR test and self-isolate.The latest restriction has been put in place to mitigate the risk of a spread of the Omicron variant from Great Britain, where the number of cases has nearly doubled in one day after a further 249 cases were confirmed.Six cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Ireland.The Irish government said it was “taking account of relevant factors” following an “updated public health assessment in relation to the Omicron variant”.The restrictions will be a minor setback for the Irish diaspora in Britain where, unlike in Ireland, lateral flow tests are free and can be transported to the republic.They also highlight a different approach to the common travel area which normally allows the British and Irish to work, study, retire and holiday freely in either country without any restrictions or passport controls.Pre-departure and post-departure Covid tests required for international arrivals into Britain do not apply for travellers arriving from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.Ireland’s approach to Covid has differed sharply from the UK with one of the longest lockdowns in the EU. Nightclubs were only reopened on 22 October and were closed again on Tuesday until the second week in January while the threat of Covid is assessed.Other restrictions include a four-household limit on mixing in a private setting.

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