Everyone is advised to stay at home as much as possible. All non-essential travel, including travel overseas, should be avoided.
What to do when arriving into Ireland
COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
You must fill in a form before you arrive in Ireland called the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Failure to do so is an offence.
The form may be used by health authorities to contact you in order to verify your location in the country. It will also help contact tracers get in touch with you should someone on your flight or ferry be confirmed as having COVID-19.
You are not required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form if you are an essential supply chain worker (that is, air and ship crew and hauliers) or if you are an accredited diplomat.
If you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland you will have to fill out a portion of the form.
You can download the form here.
COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
This form should be completed in full and handed to the border management staff when you arrive in Ireland.
Further information on the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
Why you have to complete this form
The Form will be used to facilitate a system of follow up checks to make sure people who travel to the country are staying where they said that they would. The Form will also ensure more accurate and expeditious contact tracing, should we have a suspected or confirmed case on a flight or ferry coming into Ireland.
The legal requirement to complete this form
By law, passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete this form, with the exception of the following:
passengers arriving from Northern Ireland
passengers leaving the State from their port or airport of arrival without otherwise exiting the port or airport
holders of a Certificate for International Transport Workers, or drivers of a heavy goods vehicle, who are in the State in the course of performing their duties
aircraft crew, including the pilot, who are in the State in the course of performing their duties
ship crew, including the maritime master, who are in the State in the course of performing their duties.
If you're travelling onwards to Northern Ireland
Passengers who are travelling immediately onwards to Northern Ireland should indicate this and will be required to fill out a portion of the form (name and signature).
How your information will be stored
Data collected will be stored securely for 28 days after which time it will be destroyed.
Public health advice for passengers arriving into Ireland
Passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are advised to self-isolate
for 14 days on entry into the State.
Self-isolation means completely avoiding contact with other people and is more stringent than the stay at home measures applying to the wider public.
If you are visiting Ireland for a few days and your return flight will leave before the 14 days elapse
The expectation is that you will self-isolate for 14 days following arrival in Ireland. If you cannot do so, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic you should reconsider your need to travel to Ireland at this time.
If you are travelling home for a funeral and therefore cannot self-isolate for 14 days
The government has produced detailed guidance for bereaved families in the context of COVID-19 which is available here.
What is self-isolation
To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) everyone has been asked to stay at home. But some people may need to do more than this. Following international travel, you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days which means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.
How to self-isolate
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Behave as if you have the virus even if you do not have symptoms. If you develop a fever or any respiratory symptoms phone your GP or HSELive on 1850 24 1850.
stay at home, in a room with a window you can open
keep away from others in your home as much as you can
check your symptoms - call a doctor if they get worse. Phone your doctor if you need to - do not visit them
cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue - clean your hands properly afterwards
Government advice is to avoid all non-essential travel overseas. Follow up-to-date travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs
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 travel by cruise ship. This decision was taken on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team to combat COVID-19.
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.