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Travel and coronavirus

Last updated: 29 June 2020 at 12.00am

Travel within Ireland

You can now travel throughout the country. This includes tourist travel to Irish offshore islands.

As public health restrictions are lifted, a surge in infection continues to be a threat. Everyone should use their own judgement to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Adapting to life during this global pandemic means living our lives in new and different ways.

Public transport

Social distancing means that overall capacity on public transport is restricted. Walk or cycle if you can. Only use public transport for essential journeys. Avoid travelling at peak times.

Wear a face covering when you are on public transport.

International travel

You should avoid all non-essential travel to other countries.

Read the latest COVID-19 Travel Advisory travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has an advice centre for coronavirus-related travel queries. Phone 01 613 1733 or contact them via webchat

Arriving to Ireland from another country

By law, if you arrive in Ireland from any other country you will need to fill in a form called the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

You'll also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form

This form can be filled out before you travel. If you need help, let border personnel know when you arrive in Ireland.

Download the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form:

English language version

Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form (PDF, 549 KB, 2 pages).

Irish language version

Foirm Aimsithe Paisinéirí Covid-19 - Gaeilge (PDF, 550 KB, 2 pages).

Why you need to complete this form

Health authorities may use your details to contact you. This is to verify your location in the country.

It will also help contact tracers get in touch with you if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus on your flight or ferry.

You only need to fill out part of the form if you are not staying overnight in the State.

Read more about the passenger locator form at gov.ie.

Self-isolate for 14 days

Most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to self-isolate for 14 days.

This includes:

  • Irish citizens coming home
  • people with no symptoms
  • people who have tested negative for the virus in another country

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.

Read about how to self-isolate.

You can travel to where you plan to self-isolate. But avoid using public transport if possible. Ask a relative or household member to collect you when you arrive in Ireland. Household members who were not travelling with you do not need to self-isolate or restrict their movements.

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating.

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

Exceptions

The only people who do not need to self-isolate are people who are:

  • arriving in the State from Northern Ireland
  • aircraft crew, including pilots, in Ireland as part of their work duties
  • holders of a Certificate for International Transport Workers, or drivers of a heavy goods vehicle, who are in Ireland for this work
  • ship crew, including the maritime master, in the course of performing their duties

Travelling for essential business or work purposes

Public health advice for people arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days. If you travel here for essential work and this expertise is not available locally, you will need to follow public health advice when not conducting your work.

If you travel overseas from Ireland for essential work, you will need to follow public health advice when you return.

If your return flight will leave before the 14 day self-isolation ends

Public health advice for people arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days.

You do not need to remain in the country for 14 days. But you should follow this public health advice for the time that you will be in Ireland.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

Find contact details for your local GP.

Travelling to Ireland for a funeral

Unfortunately during the coronavirus pandemic, some of the ceremonies and rituals that help us to grieve will not be possible. For funerals, we still have to follow restrictions around travel and social distancing.

These measures have not been taken lightly and are needed to protect public health.

Read about bereavement and grief during the coronavirus pandemic

Read guidance for bereaved families during COVID-19 on gov.ie

Travel to areas with widespread local transmission

If you travel to an area with widespread local transmission of coronavirus, the risk of catching the virus is high. The World Health Organisation (WHO) publish daily information on rates of local transmission.

How long the restrictions will be in place

We do not know how long the current travel restrictions will be in place.

Related topics

Symptoms of coronavirus

Protect yourself and others from coronavirus

Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice