Covid-19: Travel Advice for Ireland (current as of 31st July)
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.
Travelling to 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 or other essential reasons, you are advised to reconsider your journey. In all cases, please make yourself familiar with Covid-19 measures currently in place in Ireland.
Anyone arriving in Ireland from overseas (i.e. including Great Britain but not Northern Ireland) must complete a Passenger Locator Form giving details of where they will restrict their movements for 14 days after arriving. Certain cases are exempt from this 14-day period, including transit, certain essential workers, foreign diplomats etc., or people travelling from a limited number of countries on the so-called "green list" issued by the Irish government. These arrangements apply to Irish citizens and residents as well as visitors. For further information and advice, including general exemptions and the list of countries which are not subject to the 14-day restricted movement period, please click here.
If you intend to transit through another country en route to Ireland please be aware that there may be border restrictions in many countries through which travelers to Ireland would ordinarily 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.
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