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Irish Government guidelines

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

The Irish Government continues to strongly advise against all non-essential travel overseas.

As of 15 January, the Government advises against all travel to and from countries in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela). Our country specific pages will be updated in due course but this general advisory remains the primary source of information.

Countries around the world are implementing restrictions on entry, and these are changing frequently. Any citizen who is considering any overseas travel is advised to check the travel advice for the country of destination, and to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in the destination.

Our TravelWise app has been suspended to take account of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach which was adopted by Member States on 13 October 2020. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website. The EU traffic lights approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map is published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

From the morning of Saturday 16 January, 2021 all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test 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. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see www.gov.ie and the HSE website.

If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

If you have queries regarding travel to Ireland in the context of COVID-19, our Emergency Travel Advice Line number is +353 (0)1 613 1700.

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I have worked in the travel industry for seven years, from working in American Holidays and The Travel Corporation I have a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of travel. Before joining ITTN I worked for Facebook which gave me the inside knowledge of the wonderful world of social media. I have a BSc in Event Management and am also a qualified beauty therapist (which definitely comes in handy in this business). Recently I joined the AWTE Ireland committee and I am enjoying working with and connecting with the network of women in travel.


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