COVID-19: travel overview

Introduction

The Government has eased some restrictions on travel and will continue to do so in phases over the summer as part of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

Our document Driving and transport during COVID-19 has the latest information on:

  • License renewals
  • NCT and CVRT
  • Driving tests
  • Vehicle registration
  • Tax and insurance

If you have made plans to travel within Ireland or abroad and want information on your rights if your trip is cancelled, you can read our document Travel plans and COVID-19.

Travelling to Ireland

If you plan to travel to Ireland, you should read the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If you arrive from Ireland from another country, you must fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form (pdf). The information on the form may be used to contact you to check your location, or to contact you if there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on your flight or ferry. You can fill the form in before you travel.

If any of the information you provide on the form changes in the next 14 days, you must email passengerlocatorform@plf.ie with updated information.

You may be fined up to €2,500 or imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both if you do not:

  • Fill in and submit the form to a relevant person
  • Knowingly provide information that is false or misleading
  • Provide further information when requested
  • Update your residence details if these change within 14 days of your arrival.

You do not have to fill in this form if you are:

  • Arriving from Northern Ireland
  • Working in defined essential supply chain roles
  • A foreign diplomat
  • A transit passenger who will not be leaving the port or airport

You will only need to fill in part of the form, if you are not staying overnight in the State.

You are expected to self-isolate for 14 days after your arrival. This means you should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. You do not need to self-isolate if you are:

  • Arriving from Northern Ireland
  • Aircraft crew, including pilots, in Ireland as part of your work
  • Holder of a Certificate for International Transport Workers, or heavy good vehicle drivers and are in Ireland for work
  • Ship crew, including the maritime master, in Ireland as part of your work

You can read about:

Travel abroad

The Irish Government is currently advising against all non-essential travel. This includes travel abroad.

If you must travel abroad, you should read the latest advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If you have booked a trip abroad and want information on your consumer rights, you can read our document Travel plans and COVID-19.

Passports

The Passport Service has resumed the processing of online applications for all passport types. You should expect delays to your application.

Post offices are not accepting Passport Express applications, and you cannot attend the passport office in person. If you wish to apply for a new passport, you can only use the passport online service. Passport Express services will resume later in the summer.

Passport phone lines are now open.

If you urgently need a passport to travel (because of the death or serious illness of a family member, or you need urgent medical treatment abroad), you should contact the Passport Service through webchat.

Travel within Ireland

From 29 June 2020, you can travel anywhere in Ireland.

If you have booked accommodation in Ireland and are looking for information on your consumer rights, you can read our document Travel plans and COVID-19.

You can also read about Driving and transport during COVID-19.

Page edited: 29 June 2020