Ireland Travel Update – April 2021
Welcome to our COVID-19 hub it has been created to share with you the latest information on what's happening in Ireland and the safety measures in place for future travel.
Back in the last quarter of 2020 the Irish Government launched a "Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19" This framework of measures is created to help us go about our daily lives as much as possible while managing the virus's behaviour. It consists of 5 levels, the lower levels are activated when there is a low incidence of the disease, with isolated outbreaks, and low community transmission. The higher Levels are activated to deal with higher incidences of the disease.
Ireland like a number of other countries in Europe had been experiencing a 3rd wave of COVID-19 infections and to deal with this effectively, short-term restrictions were implemented. However, with the situation now heading in the right direction and number of cases/hospitalisation falling, the country is set to slowly start reopening. From the 12th April, travel restrictions within Ireland will be relaxed a little allowing people to travel within their county or to a maximum of 20km. On the 26th April outdoor attractions will reopen with the date of the 4th May under consideration for the reopening of museums and retail.
In the meantime, Ireland is continuing the roll out of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccine campaign. Almost 13% of the Irish population has already received at least one dose of the vaccine. The government plans to have 80% of the population over the age of 18 receive their first dose before the end of June 2021.
Book with Confidence
So much has changed in the world in the last few months, and we know that people’s priorities are different when travel planning. We understand for organising group trips going forward peace of mind and safety are of vital importance to our customers. That’s why we have created flexible COVID-19 terms & conditions so you can book with confidence – you can cancel, postpone, amend dates etc. without incurring cancellation fees.
Keeping you safe
In terms of your group’s safety, as part of re-opening Ireland all sectors of the tourism industry from hostel accommodation, to coaching, attractions, restaurants, venues and activities were issued with guidelines created by Failte Ireland in conjunction with Irish Government bodies, Health Service Executive, Health & Safety Authority. These guidelines were created to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff is the number one priority across the industry.
Travelling to Ireland
Currently, all passengers arriving in Ireland from abroad are required to show a proof of a negative PCR test result of less than 72hrs, complete a passenger locator form and quarantine for 14 days. However, this can be ended if they take another PCR test 5 days after the arrival in the country and the result is negative.
Some passengers on arrival from high risk countries now need to quarantine for 14 days in a designated facility. For more information, visit the official government website.
Our commitment to you
CGH has been here for our clients throughout the pandemic, providing advice, support, dealing with booking cancellations, postponements and amendments. However, we are really eager to getting back to what we do best– making memorable experiences for groups on their study trips to Ireland. Team CGH is here to help you plan and prepare for your next trip. We look forward to welcoming your group to Ireland soon.
Please note as guidelines change all of the time to comply with the health authority’s advice, we will update these hub pages regularly to ensure you have the latest information.