Public health measures for COVID-19
Measures and restrictions
All COVID-19 restrictions for travelling to Ireland have been lifted. You no longer need to complete a passenger locator form. You also no longer need proof of vaccination or recovery, or a COVID-19 test.
You should check the public health advice, document requirements and COVID-19 restrictions that are in place in the country you are going to. You should do this even if you are travelling to an EEA country.
Ireland was operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel within the EU and EEA. Since 1 July 2023, you will no longer get an EU Digital Covid Certificate for a negative test (PCR and antigen) or as proof of recovery (recovery certificates).
Laws in place now
The Government continues to issue guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, however the laws in force during the pandemic are no longer in place.
It is no longer mandatory to wear a face-mask in any indoor setting.
You may be asked to wear a face mask when visiting some health and care settings. The healthcare staff will let you know if you need to. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, cold or flu, it may not be safe to visit a health or care setting. Contact them for advice before visiting.
You can read more about face masks.
Measures to delay the spread of the virus taken on 12 March 2020 included closing schools, colleges, childcare facilities and state-run cultural institutions. Hospital visits were restricted. Pubs were advised to close. These measures were extended, along with further measures announced on 24 March 2020.
The Government announced the Roadmap for reopening society and business (pdf) on 1 May 2020.
On 2 September 2020, the Resilience and Recovery 2020–2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 (pdf) was published. This included a plan to manage COVID-19 using different levels.
On 23 February 2021, a revised plan to manage COVID-19 was published called Resilience and Recovery: The Path Ahead (pdf). A re-opening plan for May and June was announced on 29 April 2021. A further easing of restrictions for June, July and August was announced on 28 May 2021.
The 'Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting’ plan was announced on 31 August 2021. This included a plan for phased easing of restrictions during September and October.
On 3 December, the Government reintroduced restrictions, including all nightclubs to close until 9 January 2022. Further restrictions were announced on 17 December 2021, including an 8pm closing time for bars, restaurants, live events, cinemas and theatres until 30 January 2022.
On 22 January 2022, the Government removed most COVID-19 restrictions. Face masks and protective measures in schools remain in place until 28 February 2022.
On 22 February 2022, the Government announced that protective measures in schools (such as pods and social distancing) and the mandatory requirement for face masks will end on 28 February 2022.
On 31 March 2022 the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 ended. This gave the Minister for Health the power to make regulations and introduce measures to slow down the spread of the virus. It also allowed for the detention of someone who was a potential source of infection and risk to public health, if it was necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic various regulations gave An Garda Síochána additional powers, including arrest without warrant. Offences were punishable by a fine of up to €5,000, up to six months imprisonment, or a combination of both.