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    Traveler health and COVID-19 update

    Whether you’re looking for advice on passports or wandering whether you can bring your pet to Ireland, find your answers here

    GOOD TO KNOW

    1
    Medicines should be carried in original, labelled containers with a prescription or doctor's letter.
    2
    As on any holiday, it is advised to purchase travel insurance before traveling.
    3
    There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.
    4
    Most pharmacies operate between 9am and 6pm but some open late and on weekends.
    5
    EU members should bring a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) which covers most medical care.

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

    The authorities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland continue to take measures to protect public safety and limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland. They continue to advise against all non-essential travel to the island until further notice. 

    Republic of Ireland

    All passengers arriving into the Republic of Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form (PLF). All passengers are also required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (only this kind of test is acceptable), taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry; and will be required to produce this evidence to immigration officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. Children aged six and under are exempt from this requirement.

    On 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine was introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland. Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement.

    Additional hotel quarantine requirements were agreed in respect of a number of countries and territories designated as ‘Category 2’. Click here to view the ‘Category 2’ countries/territories.

    From 26 March 2021, any passenger who has been in any ‘Category 2’ country in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of the countries, and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (Mandatory Hotel Quarantine). Passengers required to undertake Mandatory Hotel Quarantine must pre-book a place in the designated facility prior to arrival to Ireland. Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight or ferry operator, in order to board the airplane or ferry to Ireland. Bookings are open and can be made here. Additional information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including in relation to costs, is available here

    Northern Ireland 

    If you are arriving into Northern Ireland, you must complete a full 10-day period of self-isolation. More information can be found here. You must also provide your journey details before you travel by completing a UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

    If you arrive in Northern Ireland having traveled through the Republic of Ireland, you must make sure you complete a UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF). This is in addition to travel information you may be required to provide to travel authorities in the Republic of Ireland.

    If you’re concerned about how the situation will affect your travel plans, we recommend that you check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line or transport and accommodation providers

    COVID-19 travel questions

    What is the situation with healthcare?

    While healthcare throughout the island is of a high standard, you can expect all systems to be under significant pressure until further notice.

    When it’s time to travel, what safety measures will be in place?

    Republic of Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter

    The COVID-19 Safety Charter is a voluntary initiative for businesses in the Republic of Ireland that is designed to reassure visitors that government approved hygiene and safety procedures are in place. In addition to Ireland’s sector-specific operational guidelines for tourism businesses on how to meet government health recommendations, businesses signing up to the Charter and displaying the Charter logo are committing to observe and adhere to strict safety protocols.

    Visitors can be assured that all businesses and their staff are displaying the COVID-19 Safety Charter logo have committed to strict hygiene and safety protocols and:

    • Have a clear understanding of the COVID-19 infection
    • Are aware of their role and responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19
    • Have a clear understanding of the standard precautions needed to control infection
    • Consistently demonstrate correct hand-washing technique and practices
    • Apply all of this knowledge throughout the businesses’ operations.

    Northern Ireland – We’re Good to Go

    Northern Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry has adopted the "Good to Go" policy which presents certified evidence that a business has adhered to government guidelines and is safe to re-open. The programme is aimed at accommodation providers, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business conference and events venues and tour and coach operators.

    "We’re Good To Go" is the official mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

    The "We’re Good To Go" scheme is a way for tourism businesses to reassure visitors and guests that:

    • They are adhering to government and public health guidance, including the social distancing and cleanliness protocols that must be in place
    • Have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment
    • Have implemented the required health and safety processes to conduct business safely.
    Are festivals and events taking place?

    Most festivals and outdoor events have been cancelled or postponed. Please check festival websites for updated information. As it stands, groups of up to 30 people are allowed to meet outdoors in Northern Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland, outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people. This is subject to change.

    Where can I get further information?

    Republic of Ireland

    The latest information and support about COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland can be found on the Health Service Executive’s website.

    Northern Ireland

    You can get the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19 in Northern Ireland at the official Public Health Agency Northern Ireland’s website.

    Contact us

    If you can’t find the information you need then drop us a line.

    Travel to Ireland

    If you are concerned about how the COVID-19 situation could affect your travel plans, we recommend that you check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line, event organiser or transport and accommodation providers.

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    Healthcare in Ireland

    Ireland has great healthcare, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you go. If you’re bringing medicines with you into Ireland, carry them in their original, clearly labelled container, along with your prescription or a letter from your doctor.

    It’s a rule of thumb that anything over a three-month supply of medicine will be questioned and any “controlled drugs” as well as any syringes or needles, should be declared and explained in a letter from your doctor.

    Travel and medical insurance

    You should always obtain travel insurance to cover any potential overseas medical costs including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs, before you travel. Be sure to check for any exclusions that might affect your policy and that it covers all the activities you plan on doing in Ireland, and make sure that your travel insurance has medical cover. If you’re a member of the 28 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which covers you for most medical care.

    Pharmacies

    There are plenty of pharmacies in Ireland, and they’re a good first stop for travelers seeking medical advice or a local referral. Most towns have one or two pharmacies and urban areas have many. Pharmacies generally operate from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, but many pharmacies in urban areas open late and on weekends.

    Bring a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses with you and your optical prescription just in case.

    Vaccinations

    Just as with most of western Europe, there are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.