Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dublin, Ireland June 30, 2020
The Irish Health Service Executive confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
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For additional current information go to the Irish government’s COVID-19 webpage.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. Transatlantic flights continue from Dublin, but schedule changes and restrictions mean options for returning to the USA from Ireland are extremely limited. If you plan to travel, we recommend you do so now unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States from Ireland are urged to work directly with their airlines to make travel arrangements. Aer Lingus is the only carrier flying to the United States from Ireland with limited service from Dublin to Boston, Chicago, and New York. Please contact your airline directly to schedule flights. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Ireland.
Ireland is steadily easing previously implemented measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared, however, for the Irish government to put into effect travel restrictions with little or no advance notice. Irish health authorities ask anyone entering Ireland from abroad, except Northern Ireland, to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. Passengers arriving from overseas must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate. Visit the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ website for additional information on these measures. Health Service Executive (HSE) staff are present at Dublin Airport to assist arriving passengers with concerns related to COVID-19. If you are in Ireland and experience the known coronavirus symptoms, phone a doctor or dial 112 or 999 locally. If someone tests positive for the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) will isolate and treat the individual.
The Irish government announced on May 1 a phased roadmap for reopening Irish society and business. Phase 3 started on June 29, and many businesses are reopening where work protocols and health guidance can be maintained along with limits to numbers of people. Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people are permitted. Ireland’s schools, including creches, childminding facilities, pre-schools, summer camps, and youth clubs, may reopen. All remaining retail services and commercial activities may reopen, including those involving personal contact such as hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, and tattoo and piercing services. Cultural and religious sites such as places of worship, museums, galleries, and music venues may reopen, with the exception of nightclubs and discos. Sporting activities may recommence, including indoor gyms, sports clubs, team leagues, close contact sports, and organized spectator events. The request for travelers to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days remains in place. Visit the Irish government COVID-19 website or the Roadmap website for updated information.
On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. government personnel and their family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.
Effective March 16, the U.S. Embassy has suspended routine consular services. The U.S. Embassy will continue to only provide emergency Consular services until further notice. Please visit our website for information on emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports: www.ie.usembassy.gov.
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
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