Ireland’s safe travel "green list" has been cut to just seven countries, with Greece and Italy among the latest destinations to be cut.
From Monday (21 September), only travel to and from Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will not require those arriving in or returning to the republic to comply with 14-day restrictions on movement.
Italy, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Greenland, Norway and Slovakia have all been removed from the list.
Ireland will, from 15 October, align with the EU’s traffic light system for common travel, which considers countries with rates of infection of less than 25 cases per 100,000 people as safest to travel to.
The delay, however, means some destinations – including Greece and Italy – will likely be re-added in just a few weeks’ time, while some destinations that would currently make the list under the new rules are left off.