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Important Travel Advice Update

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:

Avoid non-essential travel until further notice:

The Irish Authorities advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

If you are currently travelling outside of Ireland:

Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate. For this reason, where commercial flights are still an option, we recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible.

We are working with airlines to show maximum flexibility to those passengers who need to change their existing flight arrangements. Where commercial flights are no longer available, we are working side-by-side with our international partners to identify alternative options where possible.

It may not be feasible or possible for everyone who wants to travel back to Ireland to do so in the short term. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements. We ask that they remain in close contact with family, friends and their local Irish Embassy or Consulate.

We know that this is a stressful situation for citizens and our embassy network is working around the clock to provide people with all the information and assistance that we can, bearing in mind the situation is unfolding across multiple countries and is not one under our control.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are 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.

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:

COVID-19 Key Travel Alerts 

Do not travel – Note: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen have pre-existing ‘Do Not Travel’ designations which remain in place. 

Avoid non-essential travel – All other countries including Great Britain but excluding Northern Ireland.

Travel Advice

Keep up-to-date with the Department’s travel advice for over 200 countries 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. The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly. We are working hard 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.