Data Last Updated: September 27, 2021
Ireland is open to travelers from all countries. Authorities use the "traffic light system" to determine the risk level of the country that passengers are traveling from.
Regions across the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) are categorized as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19.
Residents of ORANGE countries don’t need to go on quarantine upon arrival if they can provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours.
Travelers coming from RED countries must go on 14-day quarantine.
Those from GREY and Third-Party Countries must also go on a 14 day quarantine.
Visitors from GREEN countries are not required to quarantine.
Starting February 4, 2021, all incoming travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Ireland. Authorities will also require all travelers to produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to travel in order to be permitted entry.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Authorities in Ireland have tightened coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions in the city of Dublin and the surrounding county due to an increase in infection rates. The following restrictions will remain in place through at least Oct. 9:
Persons residing in Dublin must remain in their county, unless traveling for work, education or other essential purposes. Persons residing outside of Dublin are not permitted travel to Dublin unless traveling for work, education and other essential purposes.
Visits to private homes are limited to six people from two different households.
Social family gatherings are suspended; weddings and funerals may take place but are capped at 25 attendees.
Organized indoor gatherings are suspended while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
Public transport capacity is limited to 50 percent; residents are advised to use public transport only for essential purposes.
Working from home is required whenever possible.
Restaurants and cafes, as well as pubs and bars that serve food are allowed to remain open for take-away and delivery, as well as for outdoor dining for up to 15 people.
Airlines & Transport
There are no restrictions on flights from the United States to Ireland although the number of available flights is significantly diminished.
Aer Lingus, American Airlines, and United Airlines are flying to the United States from Ireland, with limited service from Dublin to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Newark, and New York.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Last Updated: September 18, 2020
If you're up to explore a majestic history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty, then by all means there's Ireland. And a holiday to this splendid Celtic island is only just a flight away because it's now open for all travelers. The 'Esmeralde Isle' is sure to allure you with its tragic yet fascinating history and its rugged, romantic landscapes.
Ireland has first reopened for tourism on July 21, 2020 by first allowing "Green Nations" to enter the country without quarantine, all visitors from any other country will need to quarantine for 14 days.
Who Can Enter Ireland?
Good news! Ireland is now open to welcome ALL travelers, however most countries require a 14 day quarantine period.
Is There A Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine?
Yes. Countries like the United States, Canada, even the UK, and all the countries that are not in the list requires quarantine.
Ireland has made a 'Green Country' list that is set to be reviewed every 2 weeks and here are the nations included in the list:
Updated as of August 6
- Slovak Republic
With this, all passengers that are arriving from these 15 nations (provided that they have been in that country for at least the last 14 days) will not have to quarantine on arrival. There's no mandatory testing for these visitors as well.
September 18 update: From Sept. 21, only travelers from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland will be allowed entry into the country without having to self-isolate upon arrival. All other travelers, including Irish citizens returning from other locations, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival.
Other Entry Requirements of Ireland
All passengers, nationals or foreign, need to fill out the passenger locator form before arriving in Ireland because failure to do so will result in a €2,500 fee.
Health Protocols For Visiting Ireland
These are some of the requirements that the ministry of health has made for people visiting the country. And this is for the safety of everyone:
- Washing of hands regularly and thoroughly. Especially after being outside or in and out of other people's homes or businesses.
- Maintaining social distancing.
- Wearing of face mask on public transport and in public indoor spaces is the law.
- Downloading the COVID Tracker App is suggested by the government to help stop possible outbreaks.
What's Open in Ireland?
If you're planning to explore this country then you'd be delighted because there are plenty of places that started opening. This is because Ireland is currently in Phase 3 of their reopening plan and this is what you will find open:
- Hotels, hostels, caravan parks, and holiday parks.
- Pubs and hotel bars operating as restaurants.
- Cafés and restaurants providing food and beverages.
- Museums and art galleries
- Gyms, yoga, and fitness centers
- Cinemas, arcades, and theatres
- Public transportation
- Hairdressers, barbers, beauty salon, aesthetic clinics
- Shopping malls, boutiques, and stores
- Religious buildings and places of worships
In addition to Ireland's reopening, the Irish community gave us the privilege to cruise on the River Shannon once again. And what better way to go back in time and learn about Ireland's rich history than exploring ancient Irish castles. With many ways to explore this country, no sightseeing expedition is complete if it's not to see the Cliffs of Moher.
We hope you have a fun trip to Ireland and above all, a safe trip!
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Information for Non-Tourists
All travelers, including Irish citizens entering Ireland, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days except for those who came from the "green list" of countries.
Before entering Ireland, visitors are required to fill a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, and not doing so may result in up to €2,500 fine.
Freight transport workers, maritime employees, and pilots are exempt from these measures. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad for Irish citizens.
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