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Update on Covid consular flights and ferry access for Irish residents stranded in Britain

Update on Covid consular flights and ferry access for Irish residents stranded in Britain


Two special consular flights - one operated by Aer Lingus and one operated by Ryan Air – were organised today bringing over 350 stranded Irish residents home from Britain.  A smaller number were also accommodated on ferry routes. 


The Government has agreed that a very limited service will continue during the period of the current travel restrictions in order to assist Irish-bound passengers who were transiting through British airports when the restrictions were imposed, or Irish residents who can prove that they were only temporarily in Britain, and need to get back to Ireland. This service is not available for citizens normally resident, studying or working in Britain. It will be available for essential travel only and must be arranged through the Department of Foreign Affairs. 


Further information on these arrangements will be provided tomorrow morning on the travel advice section of the Department’s website ( and TravelWise twitter account (@dfatravelwise).



Press Office

22 December 2020

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