Ireland to start reopening tourism soon and lifts local restrictions from June 2

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Ireland to consider reopening for tourism at the end of June 2021. As of now, Ireland is open for essential travel to most countries but all visitors must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Visitors who arrive in the country without a negative PCR test will face a fine of up to €2,500 or even prison. Additionally, they must take a test within 36 hours of being in the territory. Not taking the test may result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

Traveling for non-essential reasons is highly discouraged. Any type of travel from South Africa or South America has been suspended until further notice. 

The only people who are allowed entry without quarantine are those who come from Northern Ireland.

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June 3 – Ireland to implement a huge COVID-19 restriction lifting from June 2

Another step on the road to recovery happened yesterday in Ireland with a big reopening of multiple tourist venues. 

For the very first time in months, holiday makers will be able to freely book a hotel room -those were open for essential visitors only- and make a reservation at a restaurant of their preference.

The interstate travel restriction has also been lifted so travelers can now move around. Groups of 15 people at a time, is the maximum allowed in several activities such as having dinner. Outdoor terraces can be open from June 5 for residents. 

Wearing a face mask and observing social distancing will be still enforced until further notice. 

(Source: MirrorNews)

May 20 – Ireland may reopen for tourism at the end of the 2021

Ireland has begun to lift some of the lockdown restrictions it had imposed for more than a year now. But it does not mean the country is getting ready to reopen for tourism. 

Nowadays, Ireland has one the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases in Europe. But last year, when they started to lift restrictions they saw a huge increase in cases. Lesson learned. They will take small steps this time. 

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin stated that he hoped to “see aviation and tourism get back to business but not until the summer.” Also, a statement released from his office reads that “higher-risk activities” [such as international tourism] will be considered only until the end of June for later in the year.

May 5 – Ireland leading the vaccine passport implementation in Europe

While some countries are still discussing if they should implement the so-called vaccine passport or shouldn’t, Ireland has been testing its own for 2 months now. 

The country has actually been running a pilot program with a group of healthcare workers who need to travel frequently. They go online, log in to a website and the government sends them a hard copy of their vaccine certificate and a digital copy to their phones. 

According to Minister of State for eGovernment and public procurement Ossian Smyth, his country has been leading the implementation in Europe demonstrating what their “system can do.”

Tourism experts believe that an EU-wide certificate standard will boost visitor numbers by summer. 

April 15 – Close contact services will reopen in Ireland in a few days

Effective April 23, Ireland will be reopening the close contact business that had been closed for months such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops and similar.

On April 7, the Assistant Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Elizabeth Canavan promised the country would be opening business over the next few weeks and it seems she is keeping her word. On the same day, April 23, outdoor activities such as competitive sports and driving lessons will be allowed to resume.

Additionally, starting April 30, the rest of non-essential business will be allowed to reopen again.

April 7

The Government has announced that the country is on its path to “normality” over the weeks to come. According to the Assistant Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach Elizabeth Canavan, Ireland is determined to “beat this disease and get back to normality.”

To do so, the Assistant secretary promised to reopen a great deal of the country’s economy in May and “much more,” if the vaccination program continues to be a success. 

“Thank you for all you are doing, it’s because of your adherence to the tough measures in place that we can now begin to look at reopening the country but we still have some distance to go. Every step we take, we must take carefully, but there are brighter days ahead.” Said Canavan at a press conference. 

As of now, the lockdown level 5 will remain in place until at least 12 April 2021.

What countries can travel to Ireland?

All foreign nationals visiting for essential reasons can visit Ireland, but visitors from South America and South Africa. Travelers  from green countries can enter without quarantine or COVID-19 test.

Green-listed countries

Do visitors who are not on the green list need to quarantine?

Yes, they do. Unless they come from Northern Ireland, they are required to restrict their movements and this includes,

  • Irish citizens returning home
  • Visitors with NO symptoms
  • Travelers who have tested negative for the virus in another location

COVID-19-related documents

People arriving in Ireland from overseas must fill out the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Authorities may be contacting them within the next 14 days to verify the information they provided.

Warning! – Failure to complete the form could result in fines of up to €2,500 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Do visitors need a COVID-19 test to be granted access to Ireland?

Yes, all visitors need to submit proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test. 

What is open in Ireland right now?

Bar in Dublin

It depends on the risk level of the area visitors are traveling to. Dublin and Donegal have been flagged at risk assessment Level 5. So this is what travelers can o can’t do when visiting

  • Social and family gatherings – are not allowed
  • Weddings – are allowed to invite up to 6 guests
  • Gyms, leisure centers, swimming pools are open for individual training only. 
  • Funerals – Up to 10 mourners can attend.
  • Hotels and accommodation – Open but services limited.
  • Hairdressers, beauticians, barbers – Open but wearing face masks is mandatory

What activities are banned in Dublin and Donegal?

  • Attending football soccer matches or public events
  • Taking dancing classes.
  • Going to nightclubs, discos, and casinos (these remain closed) 
  • Visiting museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions – all remain closed.

See here the full list of restrictions for the rest of the counties. 

The rest of the country is currently assessed as a level 2 risk. Click here to see the full list of restrictions.

Ireland’s recovery strategy

“Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021” is the 6-level plan the Irish and UK Governments have put in place for locals and tourists to learn how to “live with” the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 situation in Ireland

COVID-19 cases in Ireland

With 262,726 confirmed cases in total, and 4,941 deaths, the country has already overcome the second wave of the coronavirus.

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