A Castlebar travel agent is calling for clarification from Government in relation to travel restrictions during Covid-19.

It comes as Ireland West Airport Knock has reopened today, after a 3-month closure due to the pandemic.

However, while Ryanair has resumed a number of flights today from both Knock and Shannon Airports, passengers must still quarantine for 14 days on arrival into Ireland.

The State's Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is advising against overseas holidays this Summer, amid fears it could lead to additional cases of Covid-19 being imported into this country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is also advising against all non-essential overseas travel.

But Dr Jack Lambert, a professor of medicine at the Mater Hospital in Dublin said today that he believes it is safe for people to go on holidays, provided they take appropriate precautions, such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

At present, there is a legal requirement for passengers arriving into the country to fill in a form saying where they intend to self-isolate for two weeks remains in place.

But the Government has said it is considering whether to introduce so-called "air bridges" between Ireland and other countries where the incidence of Covid-19 is low.

The move would mean those arriving into Ireland from those countries would no longer be expected to self-isolate, but such an announcement has not yet been made.

Travel agents are now calling on the Government for clarity on the current Covid-19 travel restrictions

Emma Kilkelly, from Kilkelly Travel in Castlebar told Midwest News that mixed messages have been emerging in recent weeks, and clear instructions are now needed from Government for customers and for the travel industry.....


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