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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. 

The latest government announcement on international travel, which indicates the approach from 19 July, 2021 onwards, subject to the prevailing public health situation, is available on www.gov.ie.

If your travel is essential, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. In particular, you should inform yourself of any restrictions on arrival. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on our country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled.  

When planning any travel, you should take into consideration that it may be difficult in some destinations to arrange the required RT-PCR test results for the return journey to Ireland within the required 72 hour timeframe.  You should be aware that if you contract COVID-19 when abroad, you will be unable to travel to Ireland until you can obtain a negative/‘non detected’ result from a RT-PCR test. Letters from doctors/hospitals in lieu of the required RT-PCR test result are not acceptable for travel to Ireland.

In addition, countries may be added to the Category 2 list of countries (‘Designated States)  at short notice during your stay and as a result, you may be required to complete and pay for 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine on return to Ireland. 

It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage at this time.

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 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:

Please note that the Department’s TravelWise app has been temporarily suspended. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test (only this kind of test is acceptable) 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 to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see gov.ie

All passengers arriving into Ireland (other than those from Category 2/‘Designated States’) are also currently legally required to home quarantine for 14 days.  This quarantine must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement. Further details are available at gov.ie.

There are specific travel arrangements in place for those travelling from Great Britain. Please see the gov.ie website for more information: gov.ie - Travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic (www.gov.ie)

Separate requirements are in place in respect of Category 2 countries (“Designated States”). Please see here for the current list of Designated States.

Any passenger who has been in any Designated State in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (mandatory hotel quarantine) on arrival in Ireland. For further information, please see the Government of Ireland website gov.ie.

If you have questions regarding mandatory hotel quarantine, please ring the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine Information Line on +353 (0) 1 613 1744.

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 of an urgent nature regarding travel to Ireland in the context of COVID-19, our Emergency Travel Advice Line number is +353 (0)1 613 1700. Please note that passport queries cannot be answered by this line, please contact the passport service via webchat