General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:
General advice is to avoid non-essential travel, other than to countries on the ‘Green List’ where the advice is to take normal precautions.
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas (including to Great Britain but not to Northern Ireland), other than to countries on the ‘green list’ where the ‘normal precautions’ security status rating will apply. The request to restrict their movements does not apply to individuals arriving into Ireland from countries on the ‘green list.’
On 15 September, the Government agreed that, for the period ahead, this ‘green list’ will be updated on a weekly basis, to include EU / EEA countries with a 14 day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of 25 or less, based on the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Updates are being made on the basis of data each Thursday, with changes taking effect from the following Monday.
The updated ‘green’ (normal precautions) list outlined below has been in effect since Monday 28 September. The list was reviewed again on Thursday 1 October, with no further changes. The next review will be on Thursday 8 October, with any changes to take effect from Monday 12 October.
‘Green’ (Normal Precautions) List (effective since Monday 28 September)
Inclusion on the list does not imply the absence of any restrictions on arrivals in those countries. Citizens considering travel to countries marked with an asterisk above * should note that quarantine, testing or other restrictions are currently in place for arrivals from other jurisdictions, including Ireland. The situation will continue to evolve quickly. Citizens who are considering travel to particular locations are advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their destination.
The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to countries with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating 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. Citizens who are considering travel to these countries are also advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their chosen destination. This includes information regarding possible restrictions on arrival from abroad, including from Ireland. The security rating for all other countries remains unchanged at either ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
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 to download our TravelWise App 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.
Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. 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.
Where additional restrictions apply within Ireland, these are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
Where to go for further travel information:
This page contains information about:
- Travel Advice
- Where to find advice if you have recently entered Ireland
- Links to official sources of information about Covid-19
- Links to airlines
- Information about the Department’s role
The Department’s travel advice for over 200 countries is regularly updated. You can keep up-to-date by:
If you are abroad, please remain vigilant and follow the instructions and advice from the local authorities.
If you register your contact details with us we can contact you and provide assistance if there is an unforeseen crisis or family emergency while you are overseas. You can register your details on our Citizens’ Registration site.
Where to find advice if you have recently entered Ireland
If you have recently entered Ireland from anywhere other than Northern Ireland, you should follow the Health Service Executive’s advice.
Links to official sources of information about Covid-19
The following links take you to websites providing additional information and advice about COVID-19.
- HSE – Ireland’s Health Service Executive
- HPSC – Ireland’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- World Health Organisation
- European Commission
Links to airline websites
Disruption of flights should be expected in view of the ongoing reduction in many international flight services due to COVID-19. If you are concerned that flights you have booked might be cancelled, please contact your airline.
Links to the Aer Lingus and Ryanair websites are provided below.
Information about the Department’s role
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade operates 90 Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Our diplomatic network is providing support to Irish citizens overseas who have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Contact details for our Embassies and Consulates can been found here.
We regularly update our travel advice for over 200 countries to make sure our travel advice is up-to-date and accurate. In addition to monitoring international developments closely, we are also in ongoing contact with the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the HSE, and other relevant organisations.
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:28:40 BST