Covid-19: Travel Advice for Ireland
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 email@example.com 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 restrict your movements for a period of 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.
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. 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.
Important information regarding Ryanair flights between Sofia and Dublin: suspension after 24th March 2020
If you have booked a direct flight from Sofia to Dublin with Ryanair, please be aware that as of midnight on Wednesday 18th March, Ryanair has been in the process of cutting 80% of its scheduled flights. Ryanair expects to have grounded most of its fleet as of midnight on Tuesday 24th March (except for a minimal number of flights required for essential connectivity between Ireland and Great Britain) and will not fly after that for an undetermined period. If you have booked a flight that is affected by these changes, you will receive an email. Please see this announcement on the Ryanair website for further details.
Arriving in Ireland
The Government of Ireland announced on 16th March that anyone coming into Ireland from anywhere outside the island of Ireland (including Great Britain but not Northern Ireland), will be required to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. This applies to Irish citizens and residents of Ireland as well as visitors.
As of 12th March, Ireland has also introduced the following measures as part of the effort to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19:
- Individuals who have symptoms should self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
- Individuals should reduce discretionary social contacts as much as possible.
- Elderly and/or medically vulnerable people should reduce as much as possible contacts outside home.
- There should be no mass gatherings involving more than 100 people if located indoors or involving more than 500 people if located outdoors.
- Closure of museums, galleries and tourism sites.
- Closure of schools, crèches, other childcare facilities and higher education institutions.
- Reduction of workplace contacts where possible and implementation of remote working practices and teleconferencing where possible. Work time and break times should be staggered, where possible.
- Restriction of visiting at hospitals, long-term care settings, mental health facilities, prisons, and spacing measures in homeless shelters.
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 and sneeze;
- put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- 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
- to 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