It’s summer time – and there’s huge pressure on governments to decide on travel rules following COVID-19.
Many countries are advising against travel, but still permitting it. The catch is you’ll need to quarantine for 2 weeks, unless the country you’re arriving from is on a ‘Green’ list.
Generally governments will decide who’s on the list based whether the other country has higher or lower levels of COVID-19, but politics being politics, there will be other considerations also.
Ireland and the UK are part of the Common Travel Area, so this leads to complications – particuarly as the rate in England is much higher than elsewhere.
On the 21st of July the Irish Government published their list – and they seem to have followed some pretty straightforward rules. Every country on the list has lower levels of COVID-19.
However, NI has some very different rules. They have decided to use the same list as England – despite England having a case rate almost 3 times that of NI. It means that many countries on the list have much higher rates than NI.
In fact, based on population, 51% of the countries on the list have a higher rate of COVID than NI.
Incredibly, Luxembourg’s rate is 25 times higher than NI (although Luxembourg is a bit of an anomaly).
It means that we now have very different travel rules in the North & South of the island.
Let’s compare this with England, where they have the same list as NI, but only 19% of the contries have higher rates than England.
Lists are to be reviewed on a regular basis – so expect things to change over the coming weeks.