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An empty check-in area at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. The rise in Covid across Europe now means no countries qualifiy for Ireland’s green list. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are now no European countries which qualify to be on the so-called green list of places where Irish people can travel without any restrictions i(...)

Airlines and airports want the Government to adopt the EU’s proposed traffic light system, which grades countries as green, orange and red, according to their Covid-19 rates. Photograph: iStock

No EU country will feature on this week’s Government Covid-19 travel green list, TDs and senators have been told. Travellers from countries not on th(...)

The meeting is being chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, who has returned from an extended period of leave. Photograph: PA

The National Health Emergency Team has tonight recommended the State be moved to Level 5 restrictions for a period of four weeks to curb a sharp rise (...)

Irish visitors to the four countries face considerable restrictions when they arrive. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

There are just four countries on the new travel green list issued this week and none of them are popular destinations for Irish travellers. Only Cyp(...)

Groups representing Irish and EU aviation and tourism – including Ryanair and Aer Lingus – have called for the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to introduce an EU-wide testing protocol to avoid quarantines and reopen borders. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

Travel to and from Ireland remains shrouded in a fog of unprecedented uncertainty. With the list of countries Irish people can visit without restricti(...)

The precise details of the EU traffic-light system will be agreed  at an EU Council of Ministers meeting on October 15th. Photograph: Getty Images

Can I go on a holidays outside of Ireland now? Well, we’d not be stuffing our suitcase full of shorts and T-shirts and buying the sun cream just yet (...)

Internet speed: Only a handful of European countries, including Italy and Greece, fare worse than Ireland.

Average broadband speeds in Ireland continue to be among the lowest in Europe although the country did fare better than many others during lockdown, a(...)

The ECDC   says the incidence of the disease fell  12%  in the second half of June, but most countries are still reporting community transmission.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has the lowest current incidence of Covid-19 cases in western Europe, according to a European report that warns some countries are reporting a(...)

People enjoy a sunny day on the beach in Tuscany’s Castiglione della Pescaia in Italy. The country’s international borders are due to open to tourists  on June 3rd. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/LaPresse via AP

With the summer almost upon us, holiday plans are coming ever more sharply into focus. With Ireland’s phased exit from lockdown unlikely to give the g(...)

The sudden imposition of identity checks on Poland’s border with Germany caused a traffic jam of 60km along one of Europe’s major trade arteries.  Photograph: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg

The coronavirus pandemic may be the greatest challenge the EU has ever faced. For now the virus has suspended the bloc’s totemic achievement: freedo(...)

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