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Is Ireland open yet?


Hello everyone.  I am just trying to find out if they have opened Ireland up to visitors coming from the United States or anywhere.  I am trying to plan a trip to Ireland for September of 2022.  Just looking to see if anyone has heard anything in regards to outside visitors.



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Ireland is currently under Code 5 'Lockdown' -- Meaning that Irish Citizens can not travel more than 5 Kilometers from there home, except for specifically Government Approved reasons.  Anyone entering the country is expected to Quarantine for 14 days -- and AFTER that, would still be limited to the 5 Km limitations.  These restrictions remain in effect until April -- at which time the government will reassess.

September of 2021 is likely the EARLIEST that tourist travel is likely to be allowed, IF it is then.  Doubtless, the government will undoubtedly require that all incoming visitors provide proof of immunization via an approved vaccine.

I would think that travel in September of 2022 shouldn't be a problem, but I would suggest making NO plans that aren't fully cancelable and / or refundable before the Irish government announces the resumption of 'Normal' procedures. 






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Thank you Bob for responding. I am very hopeful that September 2022 will be a good time to visit. I have my plans in the works, but nothing has been booked. We won't do anything on that until we see that things are opening up.

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You're very welcome!  September of 2022 SHOULD be a 'Safe Bet'.  I only hope that Ireland safely reopens her borders MUCH sooner than that.  

Those of us with a SERIOUS Ireland addiction are twitching from withdrawal already!  bleh  bleh  bleh

If you have any questions about where to go / what to see / how to make your trip, be sure to check out Michele's FAQ:  IrelandYes! Ireland Dream Trips or, just inquire here.  Michele and her "Irregulars" collectively have hundreds of visits under our belts and we are only happy to share.



-- Edited by Itallian Chauffeur on Wednesday 17th of March 2021 06:29:46 PM

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I sure hope Ireland opens up soon. As Bob said we have Ireland withdrawal right now. Let us know how we can help as your plans continue.

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Good morning and thank you for your responses. this will be my 3rd trip back, each time has been with another part of my family. I am not a seasoned traveler, but i do know about my favorite areas and i also have Michele's book. It is a little dated, 2014, but i do know that it will give me more ideas on where to go. Still hoping to go in September of 2022. Taking my cousin this time and she has never been over seas, but Ireland has always been a dream of hers. Hoping to make her dream come true. I have made a itinerary of the towns that we will be staying in, just need to finalize the amount of days. At this time we are flying in to Dublin staying in Howth, traveling to Kilkenny, down to Kinsale, up to Killarney, then to Ennis and flying out of Shannon. I would say these are my favorite places to see, since i have stayed in 3 out of the 5. Howth and Kinsale are new areas to me. Any ideas of where to stop along the way to these areas would be helpful. As always, i look forward to all your ideas. This forum has always helped me with my other two trips. Thanks in advance of all your advise.

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Ireland has had some issues with vaccine availability, but I'm still holding out hope for a September 're-opening' for vaccinated visitors!

There are WEEKS worth of 'detours' along the route twixt Kilkenny and Kinsale (and, twixt Kinsale and Kenmare!), but much will depend on your available time and personal interests.  How many nights in each location will also influence what you can see and do.

As an example -- In 2012, my wife and I brought her sister along to attend a wedding in County Cork.  We spent arrival night in Bray, then took a meandering drive down to Wexford.  The next day, we followed a semi-direct route into Midelton.  At the end of the trip, we traveled through Kilkenny on our return to Dublin.

You might gain some ideas from that Trip Report:  Scenes From A Wedding April 2012 - Ireland Travel Forum (activeboard.com)

From 2013, when we spent an overnight in Kilkenny:  Ticking the Boxes Tour - June 2014 - Ireland Travel Forum (activeboard.com)

Here's a 'Sample Route' from Howth to Kilkenny that roughly emulates my 2012 meander:  https://goo.gl/maps/QS6PQbCHg2G9yG529

Along the route:  Powerscourt House and Gardens, the stunning coast and beaches twixt Wicklow and Arklow, Avoca, the Meeting of the Waters, Glendalough, Wicklow Gap, the Moone High Cross and Castledermot (Round Tower and Monastic ruins) --- and those are only SOME of the options!

You'll have some HARD choices to make.



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It would be helpful to know the length of your trip so we can suggest how long to stay in each stop. Since you have been to Ireland before you know how rich it is in things to see and do. You could easily spend a week or two in each place and not see it all. Do you know what you want to see in each area? That will help too.

Multiple night stays are much preferred. 2-4 nights in one place lets you settle in and really see the area without rushing around. From the info you have given so far I will assume Howth and Ennis are one-night stays at the beginning and end of the trip to place you near the airports for arrival and departure.

A note on Kinsale: Try very hard to avoid weekends there (Fri-Sun). Since it is so close to Cork it can become overrun with locals then.

My 2014 book should be fine.



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This SOUNDS promising -- as it would appear that 'Vaccination Passports' are in the works!:   I make no apology to the European Commission, the Italian ambassador or anybody else  Stephen Donnelly defends Irelands hotel quarantine system  - Independent.ie  

Key points: 

"It came after he announced that fully vaccinated people will be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine. 

However, it is unclear exactly when this exemption will come into play, but that it will be shortly, according to a statement released by the Department of Health. 

The Government decision last week was for a rapid review to be conducted. I have now received advice from the Acting Chief Medical Officer, which I have accepted, Minister Donnelly said in the statement."



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