COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland


Restrictions have been in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions have affected most aspects of life in Ireland.

You should continue to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Changes to restrictions from 22 January 2022

On 21 January 2022, the Government announced a plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

From 6am on 22 January 2022:

  • Pubs and restaurants can return to normal opening times (no longer must close at 8pm)
  • Nightclubs can reopen
  • You no longer need a vaccination or recovery certificate to access hospitality or indoor activites
  • Social distancing is no longer required in hospitality or other settings
  • Restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoor events or activities no longer apply
  • Limits on household visits no longer apply

From 24 January 2022, a phased return to offices can begin.

The following restrictions remain in place until 28 February 2022:

  • Requirement of a vaccination or recovery certificate for international travel
  • Use of face coverings to continue where currently required (for example, in shops and on public transport)
  • Requirement to self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and close contact guidance to remain in place
  • Protective measures in primary and secondary schools and early year settings to remain in place

Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) will close for new applications from 22 January 2022. If you are getting PUP, you will move to a weekly rate of €208 from 8 March 2022. After that, remaining PUP recipients, who are eligible, will move onto a jobseekers payment from 5 April 2022.

Enhanced Illness Benefit

Enhanced Illness Benefit is extended until the end of June 2022.

EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for international travel

From 1 February 2022, the DCC based on primary vaccination will expire after 270 days (9 months). You can get an updated DCC if you get a booster dose.

Current restrictions

Testing and close contacts

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and self-isolate.

Close contacts do not have to restrict their movements if they have no symptoms and have either:

  • Received the booster vaccine more than 7 days before the close contact
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 (either PCR or antigen) since 1 December 2021

Other close contacts must restrict their movements for 7 days.

Different rules apply to children.

Face coverings

Read the rules on face coverings.

Returning to work

From 24 January 2022, a phased return to offices can begin.

Nursing homes

Nursing home residents can have 2 visitors at a time, with no restrictions on the duration or frequency of the visits. The nursing home may ask to see proof that visitors are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. The HSE has guidance on nursing home visits.

International travel

Read about testing and quarantine requirements for travelling to Ireland.

Laws and penalties

You can read about:

Page edited: 22 January 2022