Ireland and Germany: no-go and no-leave

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The Irish government has decided that the existing level five restrictions will continue until at least March 5th. Those that are still able to enter but who do not have a negative COVID-19 result will face a compulsory 14 day quarantine period in a hotel. The restrictions also apply to arrivals from Brazil and South Africa as a result of the more virulent strains that are named after the two countries.

It could be a while before tourists – both domestic and international – return to the Dingle Coast Path

As yet the rules don’t apply to EU citizens and Irish residents so legislation will be fast-tracked in order to achieve this.

There are calls in Ireland to introduce mandatory quarantine for all those entering Ireland regardless of whether people have been tested but the government seems reluctant to introduce this at least at the present.

The government seems to believe that if the numbers of cases drop then holidays between Easter and Summer may be possible but that wide times scale gives lots of wiggle room.

In the meantime the majority of people living in Ireland appear to be following government guidance and staying local. Whether that will alter as holiday times approach or as the weather warms up is a different matter but any relaxation in the stay local rule would certainly help the Irish travel industry and tourist attractions.

Germany is another country where tighter bans look to be on the way. There is talk that it will ban all international flights in order to contain the spread of the new variants.

It looks as though both Ireland and Germany will join Israel, New Zealand and Australia in becoming no-go areas and no-leave areas

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