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Travel and coronavirus

Last updated: 10 July 2020 at 6.00pm

Travel within Ireland

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

But there's still a threat that infections of the virus could increase rapidly. Everyone should use their 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 the number of people allowed 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.

COVID Tracker app

The COVID Tracker app can alert you if you have come into close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

International travel

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

Coronavirus is still spreading around the world. Many countries are seeing the number of infections increase again. In Ireland, we have made progress on slowing down the spread of the virus. But the risk of bringing back the virus from other countries remains high.

We all have a responsibility to save lives and keep our country moving forward.

Everyone in Ireland is being asked to avoid non-essential overseas travel this year. Please holiday at home in 2020.

Green list countries

If you have to go abroad for essential reasons, a list of countries that are safer to visit is being prepared. This will be published on 20 July 2020. The government will decide which countries will be put on the green list based on the spread of coronavirus in that country. This list will be reviewed every 2 weeks.

Anyone travelling to Ireland from a green list country will not have to restrict their movements. For people living in Ireland, the advice is to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice.

Family and friends arriving from a green list country should be treated as visitors. This means you should follow social distancing and other public health guidelines. You should not interact with them in the same way as the people in your household that you live with every day.

Arriving in 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 restrict your movements 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 travelling onwards to Northern Ireland
  • you are not staying overnight in the State

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

Restrict your movements for 14 days

Most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to restrict their movements for 14 days.

This includes:

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

Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

Do not:

You can travel to where you plan to restrict your movements. 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 restrict their movements.

Read more about restricting your movements.

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland. This is to check that you are at the address you gave on the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

Exceptions

The only people who do not need to restrict their movements are people who are:

  • arriving in the State from Northern Ireland
  • arriving in the State from a 'green list country'
  • 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

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.

Why we don't have a blanket ban on travel

Ireland depends on ports and airports for supply chains. We need to keep airports and travel routes open.

Some people need to travel for essential reasons.

This might be:

  • for essential work
  • to care for family members abroad
  • to return home

Why we don't carry out temperature checks on everyone arriving in Ireland

Temperature testing is unreliable. Many people with coronavirus have no symptoms. A high temperature can be caused for many reasons. It can also be hidden by medication.

Travelling for essential business or work purposes

If you arrive into the State from overseas, the public health advice is that you need to restrict your movements 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 you're not working.

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 restricted movement ends

If you arrive into the State from overseas, the public health advice is that you need to restrict your movements 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.

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 infection

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. This will depend on the ongoing coronavirus situation.

More information

For queries about travelling into Ireland, phone HSELive on 1850 24 1850.

HSELive is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Travel from Ireland to another country

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 queries about outbound international travel. Phone 01 613 1733 or contact them via webchat.

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