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The Irish Government has removed all countries from ‘green list’. Restriction of movement will be required when entering Ireland from another country

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What is the change?

The Irish Government has removed all countries from the ‘green list’. All individuals entering the state must restrict movement in Ireland when they arrive from another country. Individuals will be required to restrict their movement in Ireland for 14 days immediately upon entry.

Individuals travelling from Northern Ireland are exempt from the requirement to restrict movements or self-isolate.

Key points:

  • Implementation time frame: This change is set to take effect immediately from 12th October 2020.
  • Who is affected: Anyone who is travelling to Ireland from another country is affected.
  • Next steps: Employers should note that any employees entering Ireland need to restrict their movement for 14 days and will therefore be unable to work in any location other than their private residence. 

Analysis & Comments:

The Irish government has made this decision as part of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

It should be noted that general advice still states that non-essential travel is to be avoided at this time.

Employers and employees should be aware that this restriction of movement may affect employment start dates should the employee be required to restrict their movement for 14 days in Ireland. 

If you have employees or potential new hires who may be impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist. We continue to update our FAQ for employers found here.  

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