Note: Last update of this article occurred on October 29th.
Travelers coming from a country not included on the green list (see below) need to quarantine themselves for 14 days. This includes:
- Irish citizens coming home
- people with no symptoms
- people who have tested negative for the virus in another location
The quarantine is defined as follows:
- Do not go to work.
- Do not use public transport.
- Do not have visitors at your home
- Do not visit others, even if you usually care for them.
- Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it’s absolutely necessary – where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off.
- Do not meet face-to-face with older people, anyone with a long-term medical condition or pregnant women
You do not need to restrict your movements (quarantine) if you are:
- Arriving from Northern Ireland
- Aircraft crew, including pilots, in Ireland as part of your work
- Holder of a Certificate for International Transport Workers, or heavy good vehicle drivers and are in Ireland for work
- Ship crew, including the maritime master, in Ireland as part of your work
- Arriving from a country on the ‘green list’
2. List of countries marked green
The Green List was reviewed again on the basis of the ECDC data on Thursday 15 October. As no EU / EEA countries were below the required 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases, it remains the case that there are no countries on the Green List. The new EU Recommendation on coordinating travel within the EU / EEA was adopted at the General Affairs Council in Brussels on 13 October.
Implementation of this is for consideration by Government next week. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly. Citizens who are considering travel to particular locations are advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their destination.
More details about the list can be found here
3. Passenger locator form
All travelers must fill in a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form. This applies to people arriving from a country that is included on green list as well as those coming from a country not on the list.
The information on the form may be used to contact you to check your location, or to contact you if there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on your flight or ferry. You can fill the form in before you travel.
If any of the information you provide on the form changes in the next 14 days, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with updated information.
You may be fined up to €2,500 or imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both if you do not:
- Fill in and submit the form to a relevant person
- Knowingly provide information that is false or misleading
- Provide further information when requested
- Update your residence details if these change within 14 days of your arrival.
You do not have to fill in this form if you are:
- Arriving from Northern Ireland
- Working in defined essential supply chain roles
- A foreign diplomat
- A transit passenger who will not be leaving the port or airport
You will only need to fill in part of the form, if you are not staying overnight in the State.
4. After quarantine
Once you have completed the 14-day restricted movement period you will be required to follow public health advice listed below. You should:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly – especially after you have been out and about or in and out of other people’s homes or businesses
- Observe good cough and sneeze etiquette
- Maintain social distancing – keep 2 metres apart from other people
- Wear a face covering if you are using public transport. This is the law
- Only use public transport for essential journeys – walk or cycle instead where possible
- Wear a face covering when visiting people aged 70 or over, or other vulnerable people – be sure to practice social distancing for their safety
- Work from home if possible. If you cannot work from home – keep 2 metres apart from other people
5. Travel within Ireland
You can travel anywhere in Ireland. If you live in Dublin, Government advice recommends that you limit your travel to other parts of the country.
To encourage people to holiday at home, the Government has introduced a new ‘Stay and Spend Tax Credit’. The scheme allows you to claim a certain amount of tax back on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drink purchased between 1 October 2020 and 30 April 2021.
If you have booked accommodation in Ireland and are looking for information on your consumer rights, you can read our document Travel plans and COVID-19.
You can also read about Driving and transport during COVID-19.