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Dublin airport. Passengers to Ireland who arrive without a negative or not-detected Covid test result are required to home quarantine and take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.   Photograph: Getty Images

Enhanced travel restrictions applying to people arriving in Ireland from seven “high risk” countries linked to the Omicron variant have been lifted. (...)

 Covid signage in Terminal 2  at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ireland cannot be “completely sealed off” and international travel will continue to be monitored in the face of surging Omicron infections, Minister f(...)

The Department of Justice says the Border Management Unit at Dublin Airport has significantly increased the level of spot-checking of arriving passengers in recent days. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many airline passengers have recounted their experiences this week of travelling through Irish airports without being asked for documentation relating(...)

A sign for a Covid-19 testing centre at  Heathrow Airport. All passengers arriving into the State will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test result. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Happy Restrictmas, everyone! A second Covid Christmas beckons. Up and down the country people are trying to negotiate the obstacle course of socialisi(...)

The emergence last week of the Omicron variant prompted the Government to impose travel restrictions on passengers from seven southern African countries. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s first confirmed case of the Omicron variant was identified through “blind luck”, according to public health officials. The case involved a (...)

Unused check-in counters due to cancelled flights at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport as restrictions on international flights from the country start to take effect. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

A World Health Organisation official has said 24 countries may have reported cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, which was first identified (...)

EU commissioner for health Stella Kyriakides: ‘Certain member states lag behind considerably in terms of this crucial dimension.’ Photograph: Julien Warnand/Pool/EPA

The European Union’s health commissioner has urged governments to boost efforts to detect coronavirus mutations, as data shows Ireland is one of seven(...)

Flights from seven southern African countries to Europe have been suspended as a result of the Omicron variant. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said it may step in to repatriate Irish citizens stranded in South Africa, but only after commercial optio(...)

A young woman touches autumn colored leaves during a Christmas illuminations event in Tokyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Six cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, the Scottish government has announced. The Scottish government said that (...)

Prof Tulio de Oliveira, who announced the news of the Omicron variant last week, is urging the international community not to ‘discriminate or isolate’ South Africa. Photograph: Joao Silva/ The New York Times

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has urged Irish citizens caught up in the seven southern African countries affected by the latest Covid-19 tra(...)

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