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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

The Irish Government continues to strongly advise against all non-essential travel overseas.

As of 15 January, the Government advises against all travel to and from countries in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela). Our country specific pages will be updated in due course but this general advisory remains the primary source of information.

Countries around the world are implementing restrictions on entry, and these are changing frequently. Any citizen who is considering any overseas travel is advised to check the travel advice for the country of destination, and to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in the destination.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach which was adopted by Member States on 13 October 2020. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website. The EU 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 is 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.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

From the morning of Saturday 16 January, 2021 all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. Children aged six and under are exempt from this requirement. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see www.gov.ie and the HSE website

If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

If you have queries regarding travel to Ireland in the context of COVID-19, our Emergency Travel Advice Line number is +353 (0)1 613 1700.

All passengers who have arrived from Great Britain, South Africa or any countries in South America are advised to self isolate (stay in your room) for the full period of 14 days following their arrival into Ireland. For further details please see www.gov.ie and the HSE website.

Passengers entering Ireland from all other red and grey regions, including all countries outside of the EU traffic lights system, are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. However this may be lifted on receipt of  a negative/’not detected’ result of a second PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival. Passengers arriving from green and orange regions (as defined by the EU traffic light system) will not be requested to restrict their movements on arrival but are asked to comply with the local public health guidance. For further details, please see the Irish Government Advice Page.

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.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

The Irish Government continues to strongly advise against all non-essential travel overseas. 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.

Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling.  Any consular assistance that can be provided in such circumstances will be limited. 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.

For details on pre-departure COVID-19 testing, please see Dublin Airport’s website and Cork Airport’s website.

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: