EU Traffic Lights Approach to Travel
On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) (+ UK) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. Further information is available on the Re-Open Europa website.
A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.
The countries below are included in the maps published by the ECDC.
- Czech Republic
- Great Britain
The new system is intended to bring greater consistency and transparency across Europe. In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on travellers from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions or requirements it applies for travellers from red, orange and grey regions. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by Member States is available on our country-specific travel advice pages. It should be noted that restrictions are likely to change over time. This website will gradually provide more information as it becomes available.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. In line with the EU traffic lights approach, there are no entry restrictions on travellers from green regions. Passengers entering Ireland from red, orange and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. This request does not apply to certain categories of travellers: for further details, please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Travellers from countries outside the EU / EEA will be treated as travellers from red / grey regions, including in relation to certain exempted categories.
Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government.
Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on the Department's website. A list of FAQs is also available.