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Important Travel Advice Update

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:

General advice is to avoid non-essential travel, other than to countries on the ‘Green List’  where the advice is to take normal precautions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas (including to Great Britain but not to Northern Ireland), other than to countries on the ‘green list’ where the ‘normal precautions’ security status rating will apply. The request to restrict their movements does not apply to individuals arriving into Ireland from countries on the ‘green list.’

On 15 September, the Government agreed that, for the period ahead, this ‘green list’ will be updated on a weekly basis, to include EU / EEA countries with a 14 day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of 25 or less, based on the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Updates will be made on the basis of data each Thursday, with changes taking effect from the following Monday. 

The updated ‘green’ (normal precautions) list outlined below is based on ECDC data on Thursday 17 September, and takes effect from Monday 21 September.

‘Green’ (Normal Precautions) List (from Monday 21 September)

*Citizens considering travel to these locations should note the information below regarding restrictions on entry. These jurisdictions currently have quarantine, testing or other restrictions in place for arrivals from other jurisdictions, including Ireland.

Potential for restrictions on entering these locations:

Inclusion on the list does not imply the absence of any restrictions on arrivals in those locations. Citizens should be aware that countries continue to announce new restrictions on arrivals from abroad, including the requirement to quarantine on entry. This can include restrictions on arrivals from Ireland. The situation will continue to evolve quickly. Citizens who are considering travel to particular locations are advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their destination.

The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. Citizens who are considering travel to these locations are also advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their chosen destination. This includes information regarding possible restrictions on arrival from abroad, including from Ireland. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice, and to  download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone entering Ireland, other than those arriving from Northern Ireland or locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days. This includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Ireland. This is now an online form. Paper versions of the form are also available at points of entry into Ireland, if required. Failure to complete the form is an offence. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.

Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Travel Advice related to COVID-19

This page contains information about:

Travel Advice

The Department's travel advice for over 200 countries is regularly updated. You can keep up-to-date by:

If you are abroad, please remain vigilant and follow the instructions and advice from the local authorities.

If you register your contact details with us we can contact you and provide assistance if there is an unforeseen crisis or family emergency while you are overseas. You can register your details on our Citizens' Registration site.

Where to find advice if you have recently entered Ireland

If you have recently entered Ireland from anywhere other than Northern Ireland, you should follow the Health Service Executive's advice.

Links to official sources of information about Covid-19

The following links take you to websites providing additional information and advice about COVID-19.

Links to airline websites

Disruption of flights should be expected in view of the ongoing reduction in many international flight services due to COVID-19. If you are concerned that flights you have booked might be cancelled, please contact your airline.

Links to the Aer Lingus and Ryanair websites are provided below.

Information about the Department's role

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade operates 90 Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Our diplomatic network is providing support to Irish citizens overseas who have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Contact details for our Embassies and Consulates can been found here

We regularly update our travel advice for over 200 countries to make sure our travel advice is up-to-date and accurate. In addition to monitoring international developments closely, we are also in ongoing contact with the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the HSE, and other relevant organisations.