Brits travelling to Ireland may soon have to quarantine in a hotel or isolate for 14 days (Image: Colin Keegan)
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Brits travelling to Ireland may soon have to self-isolate for two weeks as concerns over the Delta variant grow.
The Irish government is considering increasing quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travellers from Britain, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday.
Currently travellers from Britain must self-quarantine but can move freely once they obtain a negative Covid-19 test no less than five days after arrival.
Asked in an interview with RTE radio whether the measures to be considered by the government in the coming days would include a longer quarantine for British travellers, Coveney said: "Potentially, yes, particularly for people who aren’t vaccinated."
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Brits can leave isolation if they get a negative test after five days at the moment
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A 14-day quarantine is among the measures being discussed by the Government, The Irish Post reports.
That period of isolation is four days longer than the maximum required stay inside in the UK.
There are calls from some Irish parliamentarians to go further.
TD Paul Murphy said that mandatory hotel quarantine should be introduced for passengers arriving from Britain.
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It now appears that Ireland is moving away from hoped-for plans to formalising a travel bubble with the UK.
If an agreement could have been reached it would have been a major positive for the thousands of Irish immigrants in Britain and their families at home, many of whom have not seen each other since before the pandemic began.
Such optimism appears to have evaporated as the UK's coronavirus situation has worsened.
Plans to form a travel bubble seem to have evaporated
(Image: Colin Keegan)
While more than 80% of adults have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, the spread of the Delta variant first detected in India is causing concern.
More than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the mutant strain, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passes 42,000.
Boris Johnson is expected to delay a further easing of restrictions by several weeks this evening following concerns about a rapid rise in Delta variant infections.
Under a so-called "road map" outlined by Johnson in February, the government said most social restrictions would be lifted "no earlier" than June 21, when pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other hospitality venues could fully reopen.
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Johnson has not denied suggestions in the media that the end of lockdown would be delayed by up to a month, saying in recent days there was "serious concern" about rising infections and hospitalisations.
"We're continuing to look at the data. No final decision has been taken and the right time to fill everybody in on what we're going to do with … June the 21st is tomorrow," Johnson told reporters after a Group of Seven summit on Sunday.