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Ireland officially started reopening for tourism on July 21, 2020, by first allowing 15 ‘Green' nations to enter the country without quarantine.

Previous to the new rules in place, Ireland was requiring a mandatory 14-day quarantine for ALL nations entering, with the exception of Northern Ireland.

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→ UPDATE: This news article has not been updated since Ireland's reopening this summer. For up to date information for traveling to Ireland, please see our guide: Ireland's Covid-19 Entry Requirements 

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Following the lead of most other European countries, Ireland has made a ‘Green Country’ list that is set to be reviewed every 2 weeks. 

When the list was originally published on July 21st it included 15 countries, but was whittled down to 10 countries in August, and now just 7 countries with the latest September update.

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Which Countries Are Allowed To Travel To Ireland?

Here are the nations included in the ‘Green Country’ list: (accurate at of Sept 21)

    • Cyprus
    • Finland
    • Germany
    • Iceland
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland

Due to the COVID-19 situation Gibraltar, Cyprus, Monaco, Malta and San Marino were recently removed from the list.

Passengers arriving from the above safe nations, provided they have been in said nations for at least 14 days, will NOT have to quarantine on arrival. There is no mandatory testing for visitors from the safe nations as well.

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What about countries not included on the Green list?

Countries like the USA, Canada and even the UK do not show on the list, as they have far too high of an incidence rate to be included by Ireland’s classification system.

These countries, and any other country NOT on the ‘Green Country’ list can still enter Ireland, but with a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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Is quarantine-free entry based on nationality, residency, or location for the past 14 days?

We believe it is location for the past 14 days.

The terminology on the government sites states: Individuals arriving in Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival.” and Passenegrs arriving into Ireland from these locations will not have to restrict their movements.”

They do not say “permanent residents of”, like other nations that have a residency requirement. This leads us to believe it is based on location for the past 14 days.


Other Entry Rules Into Ireland:

All passengers, whether nationals or foreigners, need to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Ireland. Failure to complete the form could result in a €2,500 fee.

Current Health Advice For Visiting Ireland

The ministry of health has made some requirements for people visiting Ireland to help keep everyone safe. They are as follows:

  • 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
  • Maintain social distancing – keep 2 metres apart from people
  • Wearing of a face mask on public transport, and in public indoor spaces is the law
  • Downloading the COVID tracker app is optional, but suggested by the government to help stop any possible outbreaks
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What’s Open in Ireland

Ireland is currently in Phase 3 of their reopening plan. Here is what tourists will find open:

  • Hotels and other accommodation like campsites
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars with dine in options
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Cinemas, arcades, and theatres
  • Gyms, yoga, and fitness centres
  • Public transportation
  • Hair dressers, barbers, nail salons, beauty salons, aesthetic clinics
  • Shopping malls, boutiques and stores
  • Massage parlours, reflexology, acupuncture and other homeopathy clinics
  • Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people
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Disclaimer: Ireland’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally published July 24, 2020

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