How New York Travel Ban Affects Ireland
The travel ban will not affect the health of travelers in Ireland, a spokesman for the Department of Health told The Irish Time.
However, the move will result in a lot of travel cancellations, he said.
He declined to specify how many.
“I don’t think there will be any immediate impact,” he said, adding that the travel ban would be in place for at least six weeks, which is the time it takes to set up a health assessment for people who are coming to the country.
“If you travel with your family, or friends, or colleagues, then you are already subject to the travel restriction,” he told the newspaper.
“That doesn’t mean you won’t be impacted, but it will be less.”
A ban on all visitors from six countries including Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya would not affect Irish nationals travelling to the United States or Canada, the spokesman said.
The ban applies to the entry of all refugees from Iraq, Syria and Iran.
The ban will affect Irish citizens in the United Kingdom, which has been one of the countries hit hardest by the travel bans.
Irish people travelling to Ireland have been in contact with the Health Service Executive (HSE), with Irish Health Minister Leo Varadkar stating on Tuesday that he was “not aware of any problems” with the travel restrictions.
A spokesman for Varadker said he had not yet received the HSE’s advice on the ban.
“We are currently working with the HSA to set out the details of the travel exclusion for the duration of the ban,” he added.
The Irish Times reported on Thursday that the ban was likely to impact some people with chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
The article noted that the Irish Government has set aside €3.6bn to help the Irish economy, with the main goal of creating 1,000 new jobs.
The Irish Government’s plan for economic recovery is set to take two years to implement.