A negative PCR or professionally carried out antigen test will be needed to fly into Ireland from the end of this week.
Cabinet has been agreeing updated travel advice amid fears around the new Omicron variant.
Approved by Cabinet.
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Taoiseach Micheál Martin said everyone needs to reduce social contacts.
Parents will be asked to ensure their kids have only one social activity outside of school a week.
While mask wearing is likely to be advised for all over 9s.
Labour's Health Spokesman Duncan Smith says the advice is sensible, but Government needs to communicate it better.
While a negative PCR or professionally administered antigen test will be needed to fly into Ireland, likely from Friday.
The Government is also likely to bring forward legislation to allow for mandatory hotel quarantine this week.
However there's likely to be a row in the Dáil later over the timing, with opposition parties accusing the Government of trying to curtail debate by rushing through quarantine laws on Thursday.
Reporting by Seán Defoe