Ireland Covid Update July 2021, Travel from UK, USA and Europe

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As you may have already heard, July 19th will see a number of restrictions eased in regards to COVID / Coronavirus in Ireland.

The world's most restrictive lockdown will be no more, in time for the arrival of the Indian or Delta variant.

Travel into Ireland from overseas will be relaxed so if you are looking to find out more about travel to Ireland after Covid then look no further.

The Common Travel Area (Ireland and Britain) is separate to the EU Schengen rules, and travel from Britain will be eased to allow visitors to not have to go into quarantine. The hotels they use for mandatory hotel quarantine do little for the reputation of the country's tourism sector; no local would want to stay there and thankfully if you are visiting from Britain, the USA and Europe you won't have to from the middle of the month!

Unusually, or rather predictably, the Irish Government has enacted legislation to require restaurants to only allow bookings from those who are double-vaccinated or have had an infection recently unless that restaurant is part of a hotel and the customer is a guest of the hotel in which case it doesn't matter if they have had Covid, a vaccination or both vaccinations - just have dinner.

What I'm saying is that it's difficult to suggest what issues you will face when you arrive here in Ireland, there's chaos and inconsistency everywhere - for instance those from Northern Ireland will be unable to avail of restaurants south of the border for many weeks yet.

Currently fully vaccinated Irish are not being allowed into the USA without quarantine, yet Americans can visit Ireland, whether vaccinated or not.

Unfortunately the fast-spreading Delta variant has seen daily coronavirus cases rise to over 1,100 and that will definitely increase to a rate we have not seen before.

International visitors are still being asked to fill out a passenger locator form when they arrive in Ireland.

Restaurants will be required by law to ask for proof of vaccination, so bring your Digital Covid Certificate if you have one.

So once you get here, away from the crowds take time to enjoy the scenery of the Irish countryside and breathe in that fresh Atlantic air or forest bathe in the lush green woodlands and rivers of Ireland.

For this reason, the difficulty of arranging travel in Covid times, Panoramic Ireland's private photography workshops and tours - from Dublin to Belfast to Cork - are available with no-deposit, no-fee necessary for 2021.

Join Panoramic Ireland in Galway, Cork, Waterford, Antrim, Wicklow and anywhere else in Ireland from the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland's Ancient East.

Last modified on Sunday, 18 July 2021 23:57
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 23 July 2021 01:14 posted by Darren

    Thanks John, I'll have to check out Bessie's Bar if it's still going after the long lockdown. I can see a trip to Mayo coming on soon. Thanks for the info. Darren

  • Comment Link John OMalley Thursday, 22 July 2021 22:23 posted by John OMalley

    Hello Darren,

    I would suggest Lacken, Co Mayo as it has more historical sites than anywhere else in western Europe, The scenery is both serene and grand and you can have drink at 'Bessie's' bar. Bessie's was declared by the Sunday World's 'Secret Drinker' to be the worst pub in Ireland. Bad for business? For months afterwards, you could not get into the place for people wanting to have drink in the 'worst pub in Ireland'. Well you know what they say about publicity.
    You may want to take a look at the spectacular Dun Briste at Ballycastle and also Ceide cliffs which are close to Belderrig. I wish you happy and fruitful motoring. Regards

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