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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Travel to/from Southern Africa: In response to cases of the new variant SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.529 (Omicron), our current advice is to avoid all non-essential travel to the following designated States - Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Details of new requirements, effective 29 November, for arrivals into Ireland from these designated States are available on gov.ie.  

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:

Travel advice for over 200 countries is available on Travel Advice - Department of Foreign Affairs (dfa.ie)

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that citizens can make informed decisions for themselves. There are risks associated with international travel generally and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Please note that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions 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.

If you are considering travel within the EU/EEA it is advised that you consult Re-open EU for country-specific requirements as each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules. These rules are subject to change at short notice.

Flight restrictions and route cancellations may continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. Please make sure to check the travel advice for any countries you may transit through on your journey.

If you have a query of an urgent nature regarding travel in the context of COVID-19, you can call the Department's Emergency Travel Helpline on 01 613 1790 or email us at traveladvice@dfa.iePlease note that passport queries cannot be answered via these channels, please contact the passport service via webchat on www.dfa.ie 

Citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. You are also advised to 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.

Where to go for further travel information:

Information on Travelling to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland, which is subject to the prevailing public health situation, can be found on www.gov.ie and Re-open EU.

Information on the operation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate is also available on www.gov.ie. If you have an urgent query regarding an EU-DCC, please call the EU DCC helpline, which is open Monday – Friday, on 1800 807 008. Those outside Ireland can call +353 76888 5513.

In relation to Covid-19 testing for travel to Ireland, you should take into consideration that it may be difficult in some destinations to arrange the relevant test result within the required timeframes. You should also be aware that if you contract COVID-19 when abroad, you may face delays and additional costs before travelling to Ireland. Further information on testing requirements for travel to Ireland is available on www.gov.ie.

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

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

Additional Information

If your travel is for the purpose of volunteering, there are certain issues we would recommend you consider prior to travel.  It is recommended that you read the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies: Code of Good Practice - Comhlámh (comhlamh.org).

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.