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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the gov.ie website.

On 26 January the Government announced the introduction of additional, short-term restrictions. These will include mandatory quarantine measures applying to all international arrivals and the suspension of visa-free travel to Ireland (with limited exemptions) for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America. Updated information on these measures will be made available on the gov.ie website, the website of the Irish Immigration and Naturalisation Service, and on this Department’s country specific travel pages.

Please note that the Department’s TravelWise app has been temporarily suspended due to the introduction of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approachWe 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:

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:

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. If your travel is essential you must monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. In particular, you should inform yourself of any restrictions on arrival.

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: