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Tánaiste advises not to book flights for Christmas travel yet

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has advised people not to book flights for travel during the Christmas season.

Speaking at the Dáil this morning, Mr Varadkar said it was “too early” to book flights to Ireland.

“I think regarding people booking flights for Christmas to come home, I would advise them not to do so at the moment.

“I know this is difficult, I know it is difficult, but Christmas is six weeks away and it is now too early to book flights to get home.”

Mr Varadkar said there was a risk that international travel could “re-seed the virus here”.

He also expressed concern about people traveling between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Social Democrats co-chair Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste about the extent to which a testing system for those entering the country for Christmas should be monitored.

Mr Varadkar said the government is looking into the need for a legal framework for people traveling from countries classified as “red” under the EU travel system to get a virus test within five days.

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