Travel restrictions live: Don't visit Ireland despite quarantine exemption, says tourist board

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Galway, Ireland, could be the first holiday for Britons this summer - Getty

British holidaymakers will know when it is right to journey to Ireland for holidays, the head of the country’s tourist board has said in the wake of news that Ireland will be exempt from the new quarantine rules.

The UK Government confirmed on Friday that anyone returning from Ireland would not need to quarantine for 14 days under new measures to be imposed on international arrivals from June. With no other countries currently exempt from the rules, it raised the prospect of Ireland becoming a key destination for holidaymakers this summer. 

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, told Telegraph Travel, however, that “we’ll know when the right moment to book and visit is”.

“I’m certain that Governments will make it very clear when it makes sense to travel between the UK and the island of Ireland as safely as possible,” he said. 

The Irish government on Friday also announced quarantine rules to be introduced initially from May 28 to June 18. UK rules come into force on June 8 and will be reviewed every three weeks; there is no indication yet of when the Foreign Office will change its ban on all but essential travel. 

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