As of 16 March 2020, the Government of Ireland is recommending against all non-essential international travel, including to Canada.
While the Canadian Government has introduced restrictions on travel to Canada from Ireland, there are no restrictions on flights from Canada to Ireland. Irish citizens, and others, are free to leave Canada on any scheduled flights from a Canadian airport and transatlantic flights continue to operate, albeit with schedule changes.
This is a fast-moving situation, however. As such, we strongly encourage all Irish citizens and residents wishing to return to Ireland to make provision to do so now.
You should book or make changes to your existing bookings directly with your airline, recognising that airlines’ call centres are under significant pressure.
You should check regularly with your airline’s website for status updates and for any additional information they may require before you can board.
We strongly recommend that you do not travel to an airport without a confirmed booking.
On return to Ireland, all travellers will be requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Canadian Travel Restrictions
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has announced that, beginning March 18, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the Government of Canada will, for air travel specifically:
• Bar foreign nationals from all countries except the United States from entering Canada. The measure would not apply in designated exceptional circumstances, including to air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens.
• Redirect international passenger flight arrivals to four airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.
At this time, this measure will not affect domestic flights or flights from the United States, sun destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, or St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, which can continue to operate on their regular routes and land at current Canadian destinations.
• Strengthen screening measures at airports, including stronger and more visible messaging, health screening at kiosks, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic areas and facilities at airports.
• In addition, airlines will prevent all travellers who present COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of their citizenship, from boarding international flights to Canada. Airlines will conduct a basic health assessment of all air travellers based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
For more information from the Prime Minister's Statement, please see here. We strongly advise you to check with your airline before travel.
A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed across Canada.
Please refer to the Government of Canada’s Outbreak Update page and the World Health Organisation for latest updates on the outbreak at national level and to our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland’s official travel advice.
The latest information for the response in British Columbia can be found here.
Anyone intending to travel to Ireland in the coming weeks should carefully monitor the HSE.ie coronavirus information page before travel.
The Consulate will continue to provide consular services and assistance to Irish citizens in British Columbia.
As usual, the Consulate is open to the public by appointment only. Please do not visit the Consulate without an appointment. You can contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (+1 604 696 3263).
Our phone lines remain open from 9am to 1pm.
For consular emergencies outside working hours please call the Irish Embassy in Ottawa on +1 613 233 6281 and leave a voicemail. This voicemail is monitored by the Duty Officer. Alternatively, you can call the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.