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 to updated travel advice amid fears around the new Omicron variant.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke on his way into Cabinet saying everyone needs to reduce social contacts.
"That is the message for the next number of weeks - all of us.
"Continue to moderate and reduce our socialisation in a sensible way to get the numbers down," he said.
Approved by Cabinet.
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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 9-year-olds.
Labour's Health spokesperson Duncan Smith says the advice is sensible, but Government needs to communicate it better:
"Rather than stupid things like pick a panto over a playdate. That's not confusing - it's angered people."
While a negative PCR or professionally administered antigen test will be needed to fly into Ireland, likely from Friday.
While the Government is 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.