Covid-19: Travel Advice for Ireland (current as of 28 May)
News14 March 2020
The situation regarding Covid-19 is a developing one and measures outlined below are subject to change. We advise checking latest regulations on the websites of the relevant authorities.
Please monitor the situation in Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia through the Embassy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as local media and contact the Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific concerns.
If you are an Irish citizen abroad, register your contact details through our Citizens’ Registration system so that the Embassy will be able to contact you quickly in the event of any major developments that may affect you.
Please note that as of 16th March on, anyone arriving in Ireland from abroad (including Great Britain but not Northern Ireland) is obliged to restrict their movements for a period of 14 days. This applies to Irish citizens and residents as well as visitors. For further information and advice on travel to Ireland please click here.
Travelling to Ireland
Globally, border restrictions and flight cancellations have left options for travel severely limited. Any Irish citizen abroad who wishes to return to Ireland in order to be there over the coming period needs to do so IMMEDIATELY. Upon return to Ireland, from anywhere in the world outside of the island of Ireland, you MUST self-isolate for 14 days. See further details below under 'Arriving in Ireland'.
There are at present no restrictions on entry to Ireland, other than the standard, pre-existing immigration requirements. However, if you are not travelling for the purposes of returning to your ordinary place or residence or for vital work, you are advised to reconsider your journey. In all cases, please make yourself familiar with Covid-19 measures currently in place in Ireland.
If you intend to transit through another country en route to Ireland please be aware that there are new border restrictions in many countries through which travelers to Ireland may ordinarily wish to transit. You should check with the authorities of the relevant country for confirmation. Furthermore, airlines are suspending flights often at short notice or denying boarding to passengers they believe may be denied entry to a transit airport. If flying indirectly, we strongly advise that you check with your airline that your intended itinerary is possible, even if it is showing as available online.
From Bulgaria to Ireland
There are currently no direct flights between Bulgaria and Ireland. Subject to flight availability, it is possible to fly via certain other European cities, such as Amsterdam. Anyone intending to do so should look into viable itineraries with airlines in the first instance. Please be aware that airlines, for their own reasons, are cancelling and suspending flights with, at times, little notice given. You should check directly with the airlines concerne even if online booking engines are showing flight availability on a certain route.
From Armenia to Ireland
At present the only flight out of Armenia is from Yerevan to Minsk in Belarus with Belavia, operating on a sporadic schedule. Our information from the Belarusian authorities is that there are no particular measures in place or restrictions on airport transit for Irish citizens with evidence of onward travel. It is possible to take connecting flights from Minsk to other hubs in Europe such as Amsterdam or London, both of which are still operating a skeleton scehdule of flights to Dublin. Please be aware that airlines, for their own reasons, are cancelling and suspending flights with, at times, ittle notice given. You should check directly with the airline even if online booking engines are showing flight availability.
From Georgia to Ireland
Georgian airspace has been closed since 21st March, except to Georgian Airways repatriation flights to bring Georgian citizens back to Georgia. EU citizens or residents can book seats on the outward leg of flights to European cities and, from there, may arrange connecting flights to Dublin. Please email us on email@example.com if you need information about these flights.
Arriving in Ireland
Anyone arriving in Ireland from anywhere outside the island of Ireland (i.e. including Great Britain but not Northern Ireland) must self-isolate for 14 days. This means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, and applies to Irish citizens and residents of Ireland as well as visitors and others arriving for the first time. Before arriving in Ireland, passengers are required to fill in a form with their contact details and may be checked during the self-isolation period. The self-isolation requirement does not apply to people transiting through an airport in Ireland or essential supply-chain workers. See full details here.
Further general measures aimed at tackling the spread of Covid-19 are also in place. Before arriving in Ireland, you should make yourself familiar with all up-to-date information on these measures and restrictions on the website of the Government of Ireland.
Be alert to common signs of Covid-19 infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
Health Service Executive (HSE) medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19: Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze, put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands, and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
If in Ireland you develop symptoms of Covid-19, you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus), they will arrange a test.
Visit the website of the Health Service Executive if you think you have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Covid-19; or have attended a healthcare facility in another country where Covid-19 patients are being treated. You will be put in contact with your local Department of Public Health staff who will give you information and advice.
- Gov.ie Covid-19 webpages
- Irish Government News Service
- Health Service Executive
- Health Protection Surveillance Centre
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade