If you’re like us, you have been itching to get back to traveling after a long few years of COVID restrictions. If you are ready to take the leap across the pond and visit Ireland for your dream vacation, here’s what you need to know in terms of COVID regulations and precautions:
Q: Do I need a COVID test before traveling to Ireland?
A: As of April 1st, 2022, all COVID restrictions have been removed for traveling to Ireland. You do not need a negative COVID test nor do you need proof of vaccination to enter the country. You also do not need a COVID test or proof of vaccination to re-enter the United States. (Source)
Q: Do I need a mask for public locations in Ireland?
A: At the time of this article (Nov 22), face coverings are not mandatory to wear in any indoor setting including schools, shops, restaurants or bars. Staff in hospitality settings no longer are required to wear a mask. It is recommended to wear a face-mask on public transport and in healthcare settings. If you have COVID-19, you should isolate and wear a mask for 10 days. Some private businesses in Ireland may ask that you wear a mask, so bringing one along just in case is good practice.
Q: I have a trip to Ireland booked and I tested positive for COVID. How soon after testing positive should I travel?
A: The CDC states that you can travel after testing positive for COVID after completing the isolation period, which is considered 5 days after you test positive. If you have no symptoms after 5 days, the CDC states that you may then end isolation. However, you should wear a high-quality mask or respirator the entire time you are around others indoors until it’s safe for you to remove your mask around others.
Q: If I get sick while in Ireland, how can I get medical care?
A: It’s best practice to obtain travel insurance before any vacation. Not only can it insure that you are able to get affordable care while overseas, it can also protect you in terms of trip interruption and delay, if you have an emergency where you’re not able to make the trip or even due to weather. If you want the most flexibility to change your mind, choose to upgrade your standard policy with “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) insurance. CFAR coverage adds an average of 50% to your policy’s cost but gives you the ability to cancel for any reason. Additionally, your US health plan is most likely not accepted in Ireland. Obtaining travel insurance that includes travel medical insurance ensures that you’ll get things like medical care, prescription medication, diagnostic tests and more covered in the unlucky event you should need it.
While COVID has not disappeared, the good news is Ireland is open, currently at a 93% vaccinated rate, and ready to welcome you with open arms. If you take the right precautions, you’ll be able to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip you’ll never forget. Give us a call today at 800-237-9376 to start planning or click here for more info.
Note: The Health Advisory is ever-changing and we recommend checking out the US Department of Travel’s website for the most up-to-date info.