COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

July 06, 2020

Country-Specific Information: 

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

Irish Health authorities ask anyone entering Ireland from abroad, except Northern Ireland, to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days.  Passengers arriving from overseas must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate.  Exemptions are in place for essential supply chain service providers such as haulers, pilots, and maritime staff.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  There are no restrictions on flights from the United States to Ireland although the number of available flights is significantly diminished.  Aer Lingus is the only carrier flying to the United States from Ireland, with limited service from Dublin to Boston, Chicago, and New York.   Health Service Executive (HSE) staff are present in at the Dublin and Shannon airports to assist arriving passengers who have concerns related to COVID-19.  If you are in Ireland and have symptoms, phone a doctor or dial 112 or 999 locally.  If someone tests positive for the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) will isolate and treat the individual. 

The Irish government has established a phone number for COVID-19-related travel queries:  +353 1 613 1733.​ 

Quarantine Information: 

The Government of Ireland is steadily easing previously implemented measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Travel throughout Ireland is now authorized, education and childcare facilities are reopening, cultural and religious sites may reopen, and sporting activities may recommence.  Retail and commercial services and activities may resume, provided they comply with work protocols and health guidance.  Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted when conducted in line with public health advice, as are outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people.  The Irish government encourages people to telework as much as possible, and recommends face coverings for public transport, retail outlets, and other places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.  Please visit the Irish Department of Health’s website as listed below for updated information.  The Irish government advises against all non-essential travel overseas from Ireland, including to the UK.  If you are in Ireland and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the Irish Health Service Executive: 1 850 24 1850. 

On May 1, the Irish government announced a  phased roadmap for reopening Irish society and business.  Phase 3started on June 29, and many businesses are reopening where work protocols and health guidance can be maintained along with limits to numbers of people.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted.  Ireland’s schools , including creches, childminding facilities, pre-schools, summer camps, and youth clubs, may reopenAll remaining retail services and commercial activities may reopen, including those involving personal contact such as hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, and tattoo and piercing services.  Cultural and religious sites such as places of worship, museums, galleries, and music venues may reopen, with the exception of nightclubs and discosSporting activities may recommence, including indoor gyms, sports clubs, team leagues, close contact sports, and organized spectator events.  The request for travelers to  self-isolate on arrival for 14 days remains in place.  Visit the Irish government COVID-19 website or the Roadmap website for updated information.  

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.  The U.S. Embassy has suspended all routine visa and American Citizen Services, and will continue to provide only limited emergency services until further notice and will continue to provide updates on this website.  

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