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05 Nov 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Unprecedented efforts are under way to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland continues to monitor the situation closely.

The authorities in Ireland are currently advising against all non-essential travel, for the time being. Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA (+ UK). This approach provides for regions across the EU and EEA to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. All visitors arriving in the Republic of Ireland are required to complete a public health Passenger Locator Form. In line with the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, there are no entry restrictions on travellers from green regions. Currently, all passengers entering Ireland from red, orange and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.

For Northern Ireland, no self-isolation is required for visitors from low to medium risk countries; this list can be found here.

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.

We suggest that tourism businesses on the island of Ireland looking for information about coronavirus and its impact on travel go to the relevant sections on the websites of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. Up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19 in Northern Ireland can be found on the website of the official Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. Information and support in the Republic of Ireland can be found on the website of the Health Service Executive. For the latest travel advice, please visit the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade