Ireland Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Ireland – updated 3 June 2021

The Irish government continues to advise against all non-essential foreign travel. 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.

All travelers to Ireland are required to show a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. A person arriving to Ireland without a negative PCR test faces a fine of €2,500 or six months in jail. Further, anyone who arrives without a PCR test is required to take a test within 36 hours of arrival. It is an offense not to take the test and can result in a fine of up to €2,500 or a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to entering Ireland. Vaccination does not exempt travelers from this requirement. Arrivals from designated high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Accommodation must be pre-booked in advance of travel.  Passengers arriving from one of the designated high-risk countries who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, but must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at the location listed on their Passenger Locator Form submitted upon arrival to Ireland

For all other people arriving in Ireland, a 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature.

Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland via Northern Ireland must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime.

Changes to international travel requirements as of July 19

From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.

A DCC will show if a passenger:

  • is vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • has recovered from COVID-19; or
  • has a negative test result

Passengers arriving into Ireland with a DCC will not have to undergo quarantine. However, passengers with a DCC based on a non-PCR test (for example, antigen), or those arriving without a DCC, will require proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Children aged between 7 and 18 who have not been vaccinated must also have a negative PCR test. A passenger who has been in a non-EU/EEA country in the 14 days prior to arrival into Ireland will be subject to the rules applying to that country (see below).

Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU/EEA

From 19 July, Ireland will also broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries. The approach to travel outside the EU/EEA will also apply to travel to and from Great Britain and the US.

To protect its citizens against importation of variants, an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest.

Scenario One – journey originates in a country to which the EU has not applied an ‘Emergency Brake’

If passenger has valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to: 

  • present evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing - this will be provided through the HSE

Scenario 2 – journey originates in a country to which the EU has applied an ‘Emergency Brake’

If passenger has valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:

  • produce a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing - this will be provided through the HSE

If passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:

  • produce evidence of a negative result from a PCR test undertaken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo mandatory hotel quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing

Restrictions on travel within Ireland

Wide-ranging COVID-related restrictions are in place. Ireland remains at Level 5, the top tier of its restrictions, with various changes coming into effect throughout June.

For the latest information, check the Irish Government website.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for Ireland

Red Weather Alert – 1 March, 2018

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.

Hurricane Ophelia – 13 October, 2017

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.

How to Survive a Hurricane

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."

  • Fill the gas tank of your car.
  • Check batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Close shutters or board up the windows.
  • Have extra supplies on hand such as non-perishable food, clean drinking water, a half-gallon of water per person/per day (enough for a couple of days), and prescription drugs.

During the storm

  • Never go out during the storm. The winds can send flying debris into you causing injury and even death.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Keep on the alert for additional storm warnings. Hurricanes are known to spawn tornadoes so be prepared to take cover if one should strike.
  • While the storm is in progress avoid using electrical appliances.
  • Stay off the telephone.
  • All pets should be secure in carriers. The storm will be a frightening experience for them as well, and they could injure themselves or you if they panic.
  • Do not light candles or lanterns; they could get blown over causing a fire.
  • The eye of the storm passing over could make you think the storm is over when the worst is still yet to come. Only use this calm in an extreme emergency to make critical repairs.
  • Only after an official "all clear" has been issued is it safe to come out.

After the storm

  • Beware of downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Stay away from heavily damaged areas.
  • Listen to your radio for instructions.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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