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Too strict or too loose? How Ireland's travel restrictions compare to other countries

With Ireland set to change its travel rules again, how do its testing and entry requirements compare to other countries?

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A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

A man receives a nasal swab COVID-19 test at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Ireland's tortured tourism industry had hoped January might signal the start of a recovery. Instead, it's brought tougher travel restrictions than ever.

Already this month, thanks to a Christmas surge of Covid-19 and its new variants, we've seen travel banned from the UK and South Africa, a blanket requirement for all arrivals to show negative PCR test results, and Garda checkpoints on airport roads.


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