Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
The island of Ireland has everything a holidaymaker could wish for – rugged countryside, lively city destinations, wild coastline, mountains, lakes, fascinating history, iconic attractions, breathtaking scenery and the acclaimed warm welcome of the Irish people. Around 3 million British nationals visit Ireland each year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Ireland is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Technically, Ireland has not been added to the Department for Transport’s exemption list, as it is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and the 14 British Overseas Territories. This means when returning to the UK, travellers will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, all arrivals from overseas, including Irish residents, are asked to restrict their movement for 14 days on arrival unless returning to Ireland from Northern Ireland or from any of the 15 countries on the Irish government’s Green List. All arrivals, including Irish residents, arriving from overseas must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form.