Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has reiterated his position that people should not travel abroad unless they are vaccinated.
Holohan said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) wants to see international travel resume as soon as possible, believing it will be possible in the near future once a large proportion of the population are inoculated.
In Ireland, restrictions on international travel will begin to ease from July 19th.
He went on to say that if unvaccinated people travel abroad and become infected, they could bring a variant of concern back into Ireland.
If such events occurs, along with the general nation reopening, a further wave may occur, Holohan said.
Holohan continued to say NPHET still has concerns over antigen testing, because they aren’t as effective as PCR tests.