Notice updated by Government on 30th April.
There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. This currently includes travelling for an English language course. Travelling with the purpose of English language training is currently not permitted. All English language schools in Ireland are currently closed.
Government Announced Short-term Restrictions:
- Mandatory quarantine for 14 days applying to all international arrivals.
- Persons who started their journey in Category 2 Countries and Territories or transited through a Category 2 country or territory must complete the full 14 days of mandatory quarantine, in GOVERNMENT DESIGNATED HOTELS regardless of whether a negative test result has been received. Passengers who are transiting an airport in a Category 2 country/territory and remain airside are also considered to have arrived from that country/territory and are subject to the stricter quarantine measures.
- Category 2 countries will need to apply for study visas before arriving to Ireland.
The complete list of 71 countries and territories will be:
Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Montenegro, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, Serbia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- The Department of Justice are NOT ACCEPTING visa/preclearance applications globally (with limited exemptions).
Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
Any passenger who has been in any Category 2 country in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of the countries, and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (Mandatory Hotel Quarantine). There are very limited exemptions to this requirement.
Passengers required to undertake Mandatory Hotel Quarantine must pre-book a place in the designated facility prior to arrival to Ireland. Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight or ferry operator in order to board the airplane or ferry to Ireland.
Bookings are open and can be made at: www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie
Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government.
Further Travel Information: