Ireland is a lively Northern Atlantic island country that is well known for its rich rebellious history, fossilized paleontological remains, pubs & lively nightlife. Surely it is the best destination to tour after a stressful pandemic year of 2020. Yet, there are existing subjective restrictions in the country for safety measures. Hence have a look at the complete travel updates of Ireland during Covid-19 and plan your next vacations with utmost glory. A brief list of 5 famous places in Ireland to visit is also included to aid your destination plans smoothly. Let’s start the ride without any further bluff then!
Travel Updates in Ireland during Covid-19
- According to the current guidelines, all passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to travel further in the country.
- Arriving passengers must also carry the negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure only acceptable. COVID-19 RT-PCR test (taken 72 hours prior to arriving in Ireland)
- Passenger’s COVID-19 test result will be checked before boarding onto the airplane or ferry; it’ll also serve as evidence to immigration officers at points of entry to the State. So don’t slacken up with this procedure.
- Children aged six or below will be absolved from this requirement hence of test results currently Ireland.
- Home quarantine is legally subjected to all the passengers arriving in Ireland.
- Some additional requirements besides home quarantine have been inflicted to a number of countries and territories designated as ‘Category 2’. To know ‘Category 2’ countries of Ireland: Click here.
- Effective from 26 March 2021, passengers who have either passed or resided in ‘Category 2’ countries in the previous 14 days, are legally ordered to first stay at a designated Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.
- Passengers must pre-book a place in the designated facility at their personal expense prior to arrival in Ireland. The quarantine hotel booked will act as evidence in order to board the airplane.
- Booking can be made at www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie. For more information about Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including the costs, is available at: www.gov.ie/quarantine
- Passengers arriving in Northern Ireland are subjected to a full 10-day period of self-isolation or quarantine currently.
- Anyone arriving in Northern Ireland apart from Common Travel Areas (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands) must:
-Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken three days prior to departure;
-Provide all the essential journey and contact details via Passenger Locator Form (PLF);
– Must self-isolate for 10 days (where the day of arrival in Northern Ireland will be counted as day zero); and
-Must book a Day 2 & 8 test kit, if transiting from non ‘red listed’ countries.
-Effective from 16 April, more strict measures are subjected onto the travelers who transited from, or passed through, a ‘red list’ country, in the last 10 days before arrival in Northern Ireland.
- Passengers who visit Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland must complete a UK Passenger Locator Form to enter the other side of the country.
List of Travel Destinations in Ireland
1. The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands is located on the westernmost part of Ireland and considered as one of the top places to visit in Ireland. It is a beautiful amalgamation of three islands out of which Inis Mor is the largest island that houses the famous 2000-year-old fortress, Dun Aonghasa. You must not miss the lively pubs, restaurants, and B&Bs at this island during your evening walks. Please do remember to bring cash as there are no ATMs here. Such an isolated place suits perfectly for your soulful escape after the stressful year of the pandemic we all faced harrowingly at our homes! This island will offer you the true Gaelic charm unmarred by modern developments filled with euphoric vibes all across the place.
Best time to visit: May to August
2. The Old Jameson Distillery
The Old Jameson Distillery is the heaven for whiskey lovers! Irish are known for their extravagant drinking habits and what better way to experience such a wonder? then visiting this amazing travel destination of Ireland laden with the finest whiskey bottles altogether. It is nestled in the capital city of Dublin. It is a prominent tourist attraction in Ireland for whiskey lovers to taste the refined Irish whiskeys and experience their worldwide popularity. Apart from tasting, there are a lot of events that are organized often at this distillery to mingle with the locals.
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3. Giant’s Causeway & Causeway Coast
Giant’s Causeway is a supremely magnificent place that lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs in Northern Ireland. It is one of the best places to visit in Northern Ireland to explore during your vacations. You’ll be thrilled to witness 40,000 massive black basalt columns that stick out of the sea at the Causeway Coast. To get the unique experiences and enjoying the incredible activities try out this extraordinary place covered with hexagonal black stones once. Surely you won’t regret visiting this fabulous World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1986.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
4. Galway City
Galway City is the biggest city in the West, which might have been more famous after a popular song based on the lively nature of this city of Ireland by Ed Sheeran titled ‘ Galway Girl. You might have danced into this song many times but wonder how energetic the real Galway would be! It is regarded as a vibrant university town because of the abundance of the youngest populations in entire Europe. The unique charm, lively atmosphere, history, and streets with colorful facades will bring your heart alive with the passion for traveling again. Try exploring this popular place in Ireland to visit during Art Festival held here in July every year. It is one of the most fun times of the year for Galway Guys!
Best time to visit: April to August
5. Downhill Beach
Downhill Beach is a long seven-mile stretch of fine sand in Ireland that offers endless activities including water sports, to enjoy your vacation exuberantly. Apart from being the most-visited place of Ireland due to its relaxing holiday atmosphere, it is also a well-known spot for sightseeing the renowned monuments of Irish history. One of the prominent being Mussenden Temple, which is usually the most photographed building. You might have even noticed it in the travel brochures of Northern Ireland- a circular building nestled on the edge of a cliff rock. The ‘GOT’ lovers will be amazed to know that Downhill beach was also used in the series when Melisandre burns the effigies as an offering to the Lord of Light.
Best time to visit: Year-round
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Essential Things to Pack
- For Travel: Sunscreen, insect repellants, hiking boots, Irish adapter plug or Multi-plug, Bag Pack, layers of clothing(as weather is super unpredictable!).
- For Secure Travel: Passport, medicine prescriptions, Visa & other paperwork, Covid-19 test results, mask, sanitizers & face shield(in case of lethal infection in your throat).
Hope you have liked these updates regarding travel destinations in Ireland 2021. Surely, it’s not completely safe to visit outside during COVID-19 yet you can plan for your future adventures. Besides, there are numerous countries across the world that are handling this pandemic efficaciously. So, take a pen let’s start listing the itinerary for the Ireland expedition this year. All the latest updates of travel restrictions in Ireland are delineated in the beginning so don’t miss out on that! Rest be safe & travel safe!