Irish citizens have been advised against all non-essential traffic to six more European countries in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney announced the new measures for the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia and said that further updates will be issued for Spain, which is recommended as essential travel only, while a travel ban remains in place for Italy.
This comes as Donald Trump is expected to announce today that the US is expanding their travel ban on most European countries to include Ireland and the UK.
Mr Coveney said that further travel disruptions are expected as countries attempt to contain Covid-19.
“A growing number of countries are also imposing restrictions on entry and exit.
“Given the consequences for travellers, Irish citizens should exercise a high degree of caution when making travel plans particularly in Europe.
“For this reason my Department is now advising against non-essential travel to the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia. We will also be providing additional guidance on Spain, which remains at non-essential travel, while Italy remains at no travel,” the acting Foreign Affairs minister said.
He said that the consular advice line will be open through the weekend and that embassies and consulates will also be using social media to keep concerns citizens updated.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump originally exempted Ireland and Britain from his 30-day ban on travellers from 26 European countries that took effect at midnight on Friday.
The US government is expected to make an announcement on the ban shortly.