All non-essential foreign travel will officially be discouraged from Monday after a major Green List update.

There are now zero countries on the list, which sets out the countries from which Irish people can travel back without needing to quarantine.

The latest data shows that the rate of cases in all countries is now too high, and the Government is asking Irish tourists to avoid non-essential travel.

The four countries that are currently on the list will remain there until midnight on Monday.

Cyprus beach (stock image)

A Department for Foreign Affairs spokesman said: “The Green List was reviewed on the basis of ECDC data on Thursday 8 October.

“As no EU / EEA countries were below the required 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases, there will be no countries on the Green List with effect from Monday 12 October.

“Until 12 October, the earlier list (below) continues to apply.

“The next review will be on Thursday 15 October, with any changes to take effect from Monday 19 October.

“In the meantime, Ireland continues to work with EU partners to finalise negotiations on the new Council Recommendation on coordinating travel within the Union (“EU traffic lights system”).”

Passengers at Dublin Airport.

The ‘Green’ (Normal Precautions) List (effective until 00.00 on Monday 12 October) is as follows:

  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein

However any Irish visitors should be aware that all four countries have some form of quarantine, testing or other restrictions currently in place for those coming from abroad.