Critical Alert

Authorities to tighten nationwide COVID-19-related restrictions in Ireland from Oct. 7 due to increase in case numbers.

Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 10:43 PM UTC
Alert Expires 27 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions


Authorities in Ireland will tighten the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions from Oct. 7 due to an increase in infection rates. The following restrictions will be in place through at least Oct. 27:


  • Visits to private homes are limited to six people from two different households.
  • Social family gatherings are suspended; weddings and funerals may take place but are capped at 25 attendees.
  • Organized indoor gatherings are suspended while outdoor gatherings are limited to 15 people.
  • Residents must remain in their counties of residence unless traveling for work, education, or other essential purposes. Working from home is required whenever possible.
  • Public transport capacity is limited to 50 percent; residents are advised to use public transport only for essential purposes.
  • Restaurants and cafes, as well as pubs and bars that serve food are allowed to remain open for takeaway and delivery, as well as for outdoor dining for up to 15 people.

Most businesses and services are permitted to reopen, provided they implement strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Facemasks are mandatory in many enclosed public spaces.

Authorities in Ireland have also updated the country's COVID-19-related entry restrictions list. As of Oct. 5, only travelers from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Finland, Latvia, and Lichtenstein are allowed to enter the country without having to self-isolate upon arrival. All travelers, including Irish citizens, entering Ireland from other locations, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. All travelers must also fill out a passenger locator form indicating the address where they will be staying. Freight transport workers, maritime employees, and aircraft pilots are exempt from these measures. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel abroad for Irish citizens. Authorities review and update the list on a weekly basis.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.


Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.



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