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Ireland ‘to lift 14-day quarantine for UK holidaymakers’

Ireland is tipped to announce later this week that it will lift its 14-day quarantine for UK holidaymakers, according to the Telegraph.

The newspaper also said that the Irish tourist board is expected to launch a multimillion-pound marketing campaign to encourage visitors.

All Britons currently arriving from the UK mainland are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Ireland even though the two countries are part of the Common Travel area.

“Under the Irish government’s plans to kickstart summer travel, it will remove quarantine and tests allowing restriction-free travel between the UK mainland and Ireland,” said the Telegraph.

“Travellers returning to the UK will not face quarantine under the terms of the common travel agreement.”

The report said British holidaymakers will not be required to provide passenger locator forms or documentation other than passports or driving licences to cross the borders.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, told the newspaper: “We know there is significant demand from British and other overseas visitors to return to Ireland as soon as possible.

“We are excited about the news that the [Irish] government will make an announcement this week regarding summer travel, a move which would not only rekindle the close relations between our countries but also protect thousands of jobs and livelihoods across the travel sector.”

Since May 17, Covid restrictions on cross border journeys from north to southern Ireland have been lifted for travel originating in the province. It is not clear when the date for the wider UK reopening will be set, but it is thought likely to be in time for summer holidays in July, added the report.

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