Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.
For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.
All travelers to Ireland from overseas must fill out a health passenger locator form. The information may be used to verify your location in the country or help contact tracers contact you if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on your flight.
The Framework for Restrictive Measures has 5 levels in total, and from 21 October, Level 5 measures are in place for all of Ireland. Stay across the situation, as restrictions may be changed with little notice.
A face mask must be worn on public transport and while inside public spaces where physical distancing of 6.5ft (2m) is not possible.
For the latest information, check the DFA COVID-19 Travel Advisory.
Met Éireann has issued a rare, red-level weather alert for the entire nation of Ireland as a severe storm brings exceptionally heavy snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures. The alert currently runs through Friday at 3pm. People are being strongly encouraged to stay off the roads. Check the Met Eireann website and watch local media for the latest updates.
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, so travelers preparing to take flights from Ireland's airports are advised to check with their airline to see if schedules are operating.
Currently a Category 2 storm, Hurricane Ophelia will pass close to Ireland on Monday as an extratropical storm. Though Ophelia will no longer be technically a hurricane, the storm could potentially bring hurricane-force winds along with heavy rains and high seas to Ireland and the western part of the UK. Met Eireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, has issued a Status Yellow weather alert, advising people in the area to be aware. Check the Met Eireann website and watch local media for the latest updates.
The absolutely best way to survive a hurricane is to avoid one. Get away from it, but if you make the decision to leave make that decision early. Do not leave it until the last minute because you may find yourself caught without proper shelter.
If you decide to stay and "ride it out" it is advisable to get to an authorized shelter. The locations of these will be broadcast, or locals will know where they are. If there is no shelter, prepare to "shelter in place" in an internal room without windows.
Once a "storm watch" has been issued, make sure you are prepared in the event that the watch becomes a "warning."
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After the storm
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