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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Travel advice

Published: 3 April 2020
From: Department of Health

Travel advice

Follow up-to-date travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for travel advice on countries and regions affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The department is advising against all non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all cruise ship travel. This decision was taken on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team to combat COVID-19.

Anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, will be required to either restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. This includes Irish residents. Essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff are exempt.

If you travel to an area with widespread local transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the risk of catching the virus is high. The World Health Organization (WHO) publish daily information on rates of local transmission.

Irish citizens who are abroad, or who intend to travel abroad in the near future and have concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), can ring the Department of Foreign Affairs' dedicated phone line: +353 1 6131733

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and providing risk assessments to guide EU Member States and the EU Commission in their response activities.

WHO is sharing statistics on confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) around the world. The data is updated regularly.

Advice for people who have recently returned from affected areas abroad is available from the HSE.

Ports and Airports

There are no entry restrictions to Ireland at present.

To date, entry screening at ports and airports is not recommended by WHO or the ECDC.

Effective public health protocols in place at ports and airports include:

  • airline crews have been briefed by the HSE in recent weeks
  • in the event of a suspected case, contact tracing forms will be distributed to all passengers and completed forms will be passed to HSE lead personnel at the incident site
  • prior to disembarking, passengers will be advised to contact their GPs should they develop symptoms within the following 14 days
  • the airline is instructed to decontaminate the aircraft in accordance with WHO aviation hygiene standards

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