The list is expected to be published next week.

A ‘green list’ of countries with unrestricted travel access to Ireland could be published this day next week, but not activated until a later date.

A final decision on air bridges is being made by a Cabinet sub-committee tomorrow, before being approved by Ministers on Monday.

People could travel to countries on this list, without a 14-day quarantine on their return, but the National Public Health Emergency Team’s concerned it could lead to more Covid-19 cases being re-imported.

Professor Luke O’Neill from the school of Immunology at Trinity College Dublin says we need to be prepared for spikes in travel-related cases.

”We have sympathy with the airlines, of course we do, but the timing has to be right for these things to happen”, he said.

”Otherwise there will definitely be spikes coming into Ireland with all types of consequences”.