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Situation in Ireland


Situation in IrelandThroughout this crisis, Ireland has taken a measured, consistent and evidence-led approach to the challenge involved. Ireland has followed a graduated approach based on the best available international and local advice. In Ireland the lead has been taken by scientific experts, with full Government support.

The Irish Government has issued guidelines to minimise the spread of COVID-19 while society re-opens.

Welcoming you on campus - the phased re-opening

Higher education institutions will commence re-opening for students on a phased basis at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year. The institutions will follow advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of the campus community. Click here for more information about the Government of Ireland’s roadmap for re-opening society and business.

Arriving in Ireland

Currently, most people who arrive in Ireland from another country need to restrict their movements for 14 days.

This includes:

  • Irish citizens coming home
  • people with no symptoms
  • people who have tested negative for the virus in another country

Restricting your movements means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. Do not:

  • use public transport
  • visit others
  • meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19
  • go to the shop unless absolutely necessary. Wear a face covering if you do go to the shop.

You can travel to where you plan to restrict your movements but avoid using public transport if possible. For more information about restricting your movements visit the HSE website.

Travelling to Ireland PCR COVID-19 test requirements 

From Saturday 16th  January 2021,  passengers travelling into Ireland from ALL countries will require a negative PCR COVID-19 Test taken within 72 hours before travel. 

Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/not detected PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.

For the latest information about travelling to Ireland visit the Government of Ireland website.

For people living in Ireland, the advice is to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice.

Staying safe when travelling within Ireland

It is now possible to travel throughout the country. Social distancing means that the number of people allowed on public transport is restricted. People are advised to:

  • walk or cycle if they can
  • use public transport for essential journeys
  • avoid travelling at peak times
  • meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19
  • go to the shop unless absolutely necessary. Wear a face covering if you do go to the shop.

Wearing a face covering is mandatory on public transport.

Social distancing

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals. The social distancing guidelines in Ireland are:

  • keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
  • avoid communal sleeping areas
  • avoid any crowded places
  • not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible

If you are in a public place where it is difficult to keep 2 metres away from others, you should wear a face covering.

The warmest of welcomes awaits you

Higher level institutes throughout Ireland are looking forward to welcoming you for the 2020/21 academic year. You can contact your institution for information about their plans for 2020/21.