Source: European Union/Re-open EU
From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?
Ireland is implementing the new EU 'traffic lights' approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA (+ UK).
In general, you are requested to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive into Ireland from another country. This applies to all travellers entering the State, including Irish citizens coming home and people with no symptoms.
Restricting your movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
In line with the EU traffic lights approach, the request to restrict movements does not apply to travellers from green regions, or those arriving from Northern Ireland.
Currently, all passengers entering Ireland from orange, red, and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. This period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/'not detected' result of a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements.
This general request to restrict movement for 14 days does not apply to certain defined categories.
What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?
For travel from non-EU/EEA countries, the general request to restrict your movements for 14 days does not apply to certain defined categories, as indicated below:
(a) International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors
(b) Travellers with an essential function or need as set out in paragraph 19 of the EU Council Recommendation, including:
I. Passengers travelling for the purposes of an imperative business reason, only while carrying out that essential function
II. Passengers arriving for imperative family reasons, only while pursuing that imperative reason
III. Returning passengers, who have carried out an essential function in another region, but who have otherwise restricted their movement while in that region
The approach to post-arrival testing for red/grey regions in the ECDC categorisation will also apply to arrivals from all non-EU/EEA countries from 29 November 2020.
What are the rules if I go abroad from this country, and when I return from abroad?
From Monday 9 November, Ireland is implementing the new EU 'traffic lights' approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA.
The current advice for travel to these countries is 'exercise a high degree of caution'. The general advice for any other overseas travel remains 'avoid non-essential travel' or in some cases, 'do not travel'.
More information at: gov.ie - Travelling outside of Ireland
Passenger Locator Form
If you arrive into Ireland from another country, you must fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.
Find out more:
A COVID-19 green list is reviewed on a fortnightly basis.
Travel to a very limited set of locations (COVID-19 green list) is exempted from the general advice against non-essential travel overseas. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be requested to restrict their movements upon entry.
Passengers from any other location not on this list are asked to restrict their movements for 14 days. The general advice against non-essential travel includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland.
Rules and Exceptions
The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and from locations with a security rating of "normal precautions" (green), to restrict their movements for 14 days. This includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.
Before starting your journey, please check visa requirements at www.inis.gov.ie.
Mandatory Travel Documentation
COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
Source: European Commission
Support measures for strategic maritime connections to Ireland
The Irish Government has announced the designation, on a temporary basis only, of five strategic maritime routes into and out of Ireland as Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes during COVID-19 for a period of up to three months. These are Dublin/Cherbourg and Rosslare/Fishguard, Pembroke, Cherbourg and Bilbao, with the emergency provision of a maximum contribution of €15 million towards the costs involved in the continued operation of passenger ferry services on these routes in that period. The operators currently providing these services are Irish Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries.
Quarantine of 14 days for travellers coming to Ireland (16.03.2020)
Anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, will be required to 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.
Start date: 16.03.2020
End date: not available
Further information: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/
Temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in goods transport
Ireland has notified a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles engaged in goods transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. It will apply to those drivers involved in domestic and international transport.
Start date: 18.03.2020
End date: 16.04.2020
further information: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/temporary-relaxatio...