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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland July 28, 2020

Location:  Ireland

Event:  COVID-19

The Irish Health Service Executive confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

To see recent U.S. Embassy Health alerts, go here.

For additional current information go to the Irish government’s COVID-19 webpage.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  Transatlantic flights continue from Dublin, but schedule changes and restrictions mean options for returning to the USA from Ireland are extremely limited.  If you plan to travel, we recommend you do so now unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States from Ireland are urged to work directly with their airlines to make travel arrangements.  Aer Lingus, American Airlines, and United Airlines are flying to the United States from Ireland with limited service from Dublin to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Newark, and New York.  Please contact your airline directly to schedule flights.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Ireland.

Ireland is steadily easing previously implemented measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared, however, for the Irish government to put into effect travel restrictions with little or no advance notice.  The Irish government continues to advise against all non-essential foreign travel, and requires visitors arriving in Ireland, with limited exceptions, to restrict their movements and fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate for 14 days.  Failure to complete the form and providing false or misleading information is an offense under Irish law, with a fine of up to €2,500 (nearly $3,000) and/or imprisonment of up to six months.  Visit the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ website for additional information on these measures.  Health Service Executive (HSE) staff are present at Dublin Airport to assist arriving passengers with concerns related to COVID-19.  If you are in Ireland and experience the known coronavirus 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 announced on May 1 a phased roadmap for reopening Irish society and business.  Phase 3 started on June 29, with additional restrictions added on July 16.

Many businesses are reopening where work protocols and health guidance can be maintained along with limits to numbers of people.  Masks or face coverings are now required on public transport.  It is expected that the wearing of face coverings in most indoor settings will be made a legal requirement in the near future.  Social visits to private homes should be limited to a maximum of 10 visitors from no more than 4 other households.  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 reopen.  All 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 discos.  Sporting activities may recommence, including indoor gyms, sports clubs, team leagues, close contact sports, and organized spectator events.  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. government personnel and their family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

Effective March 16, the U.S. Embassy has suspended routine consular services.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide only limited non-routine Passport and Citizenship Consular services until further notice.  Please visit our website for information on emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports:  ie.usembassy.gov.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for COVID-19 in Ireland advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Ireland.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Embassy/Consulate Dublin, Ireland

42 Elgin Road

Dublin 4