Tanaiste Simon Coveney has pleaded people to be cautious if thinking about traveling to Europe.
While a ban on travel has not been imposed, Mr Coveney said people should give it some serious consideration before doing so.
He tweeted “in light of rapidly changing conditions & restrictions across a number of EU countries, my Dept is now advising people to exercise ‘a high degree of caution’ before deciding to travel to other EU States”.
He later clarified that this advice did not apply to the UK.
Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan has stressed that Ireland is “not in lockdown.”
Meanwhile, Dr Holohan emphatically denied rumours that Ireland is gearing up for a ‘status red’ coronavirus emergency.
“This is not a lockdown situation,” said Dr Holohan. “This is advice and guidance to the public around restricting the majority of social movements.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department – if this is not possible, phone 112 or 999 and in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999