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Important Travel Advice Update

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA. Our current advice for travel to these countries is ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Our general advice for any other overseas travel remains ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘do not travel’.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.

In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Further information about current requirements for entry to Ireland is available on the Irish Government website and the HSE website.

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, other than to countries that are part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, where the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution. Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly around the world. Citizens who are considering any overseas travel are advised to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in their destination.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time. Any Irish citizen considering any overseas travel should monitor news and information from the public authorities in their country or region of destination. Citizens 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.

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. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to 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.

Where to go for further travel information:

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.