First and foremost, we hope that our guests and friends are safe and well, wherever you are around the world.

Ireland has fully reopened with virtually all travel and internal restrictions lifted.

Even better news; our legendary Vagabond & Driftwood small-group tours are rolling again — for our 21st touring season!

Keep reading to check up on frequently asked questions, on topics such as changes we’ve made as a company and Ireland's progress with vaccination rates.

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What Is Life Like In Ireland Right Now?

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Daily life has returned to normal across the island of Ireland.

Virtually all restrictions have been removed and there are no internal travel restrictions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

😷 You are not required to wear masks in public spaces in Ireland except healthcare settings (including hospitals, doctors' surgeries and pharmacies).

Shops, pubs, restaurants, heritage sites, public transport, schools, colleges and virtually all other parts of daily life remain open and in normal operation.

What Do I Need Before I Travel To Ireland?

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Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: A Passenger Locator Form is no longer required for arrivals to the Republic of Ireland.

If your tour visits Northern Ireland, a Passenger Locator Form must be completed 3 days before you arrive. We are hopeful this requirement will be reviewed and removed shortly.

How Do I Complete A Passenger Locator Form?

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A Passenger Locator Form is no longer required for arrivals to the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.

 

Is Travel Insurance Required?

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We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance cover before your trip to Ireland.

Your policy should cover all medical costs, including any extra costs associated with one of your party contracting COVID-19 while in Ireland.

Ensure your policy also covers additional travel expenses such as:

  • Flight cancellation;
  • Personal accident cover;
  • Lost/stolen personal luggage;
  • Lost/stolen money;
  • Public liability.

The Small Print

Insurance is not a requirement of our tours, however, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance before your trip to Ireland. We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings or liability for personal injury/death.

You may find an insurance company that suits your needs in this recent article from Forbes featurng the top Covid-19 Travel insurance Plans

Do I Need A Test Before Coming To Ireland?

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No, all travellers irrespective of their vaccination status are no longer required to show a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling to Ireland

 

Do I Have To Quarantine In Ireland?

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No. There is no need to quarantine when arriving in Ireland.

Quarantine measures in Ireland related to COVID-19 have now ended.

My Tour Goes To Northern Ireland. Do I Need To Do Anything Else?

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Northern Ireland has relaxed its restrictions and is open for business in the same manner as the Republic of Ireland.

Passengers no longer have to complete a UK Passenger Locator Form and there is no longer a requirement to take a pre-arrival test, irrespective of vaccination status.

Please take note of the details in our vaccine-themed answers below.

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Do I Need To Be Vaccinated To Travel To Ireland?

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Vaccines against COVID-19 are not required for travel to Ireland.

Ireland is open to travellers regardless of your vaccination status and whether your journey originates in the USA, Canada, Australia or elsewhere in the world.

Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.

Do I Qualify As Fully Vaccinated In Ireland?

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Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival.

What Vaccines Are Approved In The EU?

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The following vaccines are approved in the EU:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Spikevax (Moderna)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)

Travellers to the Republic of Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival.

Do I Need To Be Vaccinated To Take A Vagabond Tour?

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A vaccine is not currently required to take either a Vagabond or Driftwood small-group tour of Ireland.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: We do require all guests to sign a pre-tour disclaimer affirming the lack of any COVID-19 symptoms.

How Many People In Ireland Are Vaccinated?

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The Republic of Ireland leads the EU in figures for fully vaccinated adults (those aged over 16) with 92% of the population vaccinated.

At least 81% of those aged over 16 in Northern Ireland are fully vaccinated.

The Republic of Ireland is now ranked No.1 among all 26 EU states for rates of additional booster vaccination (at least 59%).

It's perfectly understandable to be concerned about the effects of any restrictions on your tour experience.

Happily, almost all internal restrictions have now been removed in Ireland.

Of course, you are free to continue taking precautions, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing throughout your tour of Ireland.

Find out more in our tour experience answers below.

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Will My Vagabond Or Driftwood Tour Change?

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The welfare of our guests and staff, as well as that of the communities we visit, will always be paramount.

Here are some steps we have taken to make you be (and feel) safer in 2022:

😷 Wearing of masks on Vagabond tour vehicles is no longer mandatory, however, we strongly recommend you continue to wear masks to protect you, your fellow passengers and your Tour Guide. You are not required to wear masks in public spaces except healthcare settings (including pharmacies).

🧴 Hand sanitising is strongly advised before entering Vagabond and Driftwood tour vehicles and all public indoor settings.

💺 Tour vehicles have assigned seating. To allow for daily cleaning, guests are permitted to change seats only once per day.

🧼 We have updated and continue to actively review our standard operating procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene of our vehicles.

🏨 We are in constant contact with our hotel destinations, activity suppliers and other partners to ensure compliance with the latest safety guidelines.

🦠 Our VagaGuide team have received additional pre-season training to minimise the risk of contamination or spread of infection.

🎓 All staff have been trained to comply with Ireland's Covid-19 Safety Charter standard for tourism businesses.

Vagabond Tours Failte Ireland Safety Charter

Will I Have To Wear Masks On The Tour Vehicle?

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Wearing of masks on Vagabond tour vehicles is no longer mandatory, however, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask to protect you, your fellow passengers and your Tour Guide.

In Ireland generally, you are not required to wear masks in public spaces except healthcare settings (including pharmacies).

Will I Have To Socially Distance In Ireland?

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Social distancing requirements have now ended in Ireland.

There's no need to socially distance in Irish retail stores and restaurants.

Of course, you are welcome to take as many precautions to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Before returning from a Vagabond or Driftwood tour of Ireland, you will need to prepare for the regulations required by your home country.

Find out more in the following FAQs.

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What Do I Need Before Returning To The USA?

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Before boarding a flight to the United States, all air passengers aged 2 and over, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required by the CDC to have either:

  • A COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

Or:

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Check our list of Antigen and RT-PCR testing centres in Dublin [pdf, 143kb]

⚠️Please Check Your Airline Test Requirements

Important: Aer Lingus will accept negative antigen tests from guests returning to the US.

However, this may not be the case with other airlines.

We strongly recommend that all guests check the specific test requirements of their airline before travelling.

What Do I Need To Do Before Returning To Canada?

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Pre-entry tests are no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Please note, you must still use ArriveCAN.

All other travellers aged 5 years of age or older entering Canada, must provide proof of one of the following accepted types of test results:

  • A pre-departure proof of a professionally administered or observed negative antigen test taken no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada. The one day window does not depend on the time of day the test was taken or the time of your flight or entry.
    • It must be administered or observed by a pharmacy, laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.
    • Proof of a valid negative molecular test taken outside of Canada within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada. Eg if your flight is scheduled to leave at 11:00 am on Friday, your test must have been taken any time after 10:59 am on Tuesday.
  • Previous positive molecular test result: you no longer have symptoms and provide proof of a positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test. E.g. if your positive COVID-19 molecular test was taken on January 1, then January 11 would be the earliest scheduled departure date of your flight to Canada, or the first day you could use it to enter Canada by land or water
    • if your positive proof is accepted you won’t have to take arrival or Day-8 tests
    • this test can be taken in or outside of Canada
    • a positive antigen test result is never a valid test result for boarding a flight or entry to Canada and can’t be used as proof of a previous infection

For further information on returning to Canada, please visit the Government of Canada.

What Do I Need To Do Before Returning To Australia?

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All passengers arriving by air into Australia should ​​complete the Digital Passenger Declaration

A DPD can be started seven days before your flight and submitted withi​n 72 hours before your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight.

​If you're returning to Australia from Ireland, you must either provide proof of a negative Antigen Test completed under the supervision of an authorised person within 24 hours of boarding your flight or a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight.

For more information on requirements before returning to Australia, please visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

You can also check our list of Antigen and PCR Test Centres in Dublin [pdf, 143kb]

Where Can I Get Tested In Dublin?

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Before flying home, US citizens require a negative result from an approved antigen or PCR COVID-19 test.

Smartcare Healthcare are our affiliated partner for pre-flight COVID-19 testing, in line with CDC requirements.

  • Join a registered nurse for a video consultation.
  • Be professionally guided through the testing process.
  • Within 60 minutes, you'll be furnished with your travel documentation.

We advise booking before your tour departure. After booking, you will receive a confirmation. Present this to your VagaGuide to receive the antigen test for use on the video call.

Book your test via the Smartcare Healthcare website

Alternatively, if an appointment is not available online, please email tomas@smartcarehealthcare.com

Tomas from Smartcare will work with you to schedule your appointment. Tests cost €49.

Rapid testing is also available at Dublin Airport as well as various other locations across Dublin.

Can I Get Tested At Dublin Airport?

Yes. You can get tested at Dublin Airport before your departure.

Two private companies, RocDoc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR and rapid/antigen testing at Dublin Airport.

You will need to book the service in advance, leaving enough time to get tested and make your way through security.

Read more about this service and the booking process on the Dublin Airport website

Where Else In Dublin Can I Get Tested?

If you have a little more time in Dublin before your departing flight, we would recommend getting tested in the city.

No matter where your hotel is in Dublin, there are plenty of test facilities available.

A number of testing centres are within easy walking distance of our tour drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel.

Check your options for Antigen and RT-PCR testing centres in Dublin [pdf, 143kb]

Flexible & Fair: Our Worry-Free Booking Terms

We’ve made our booking terms and conditions even more fair and flexible:

  • A reduced deposit of €100 per person secures your place on any tour.
  • Unlimited free changes to your booking up to 30 days before your departure date.
  • No upfront cost to hold your tour place for 7 days while you make your decision.
  • Final payment is not required until 30 days prior to your departure date.
  • Tour balance payments can be made in bitesize chunks to help spread the cost.

Browse our Flexible Terms & Conditions

Flexible Booking Terms

Our fleixible booking terms include relaxed balance payment terms; down from 60 to 30 days prior to departure.

In addiiton, we have put in place the following changes to our refund and cancellation policy:

Notification Period Normal Terms
30+ Days

Deposit is non refundable (can be deferred to another tour).

Full refund (excl. deposit)

30 Days or Less

Deposit is non-refundable (cannot be deferred to another tour).

No refund.

How To Contact Us

If you have any concerns about your upcoming tour, please do not hesitate to contact us.

☎️ By Telephone

From Ireland: +353 (0) 1 563 4358

From USA (Toll Free): 833 230 0288

From CA (Toll Free): 833 681 6903

📨 By Email

enquiries@vagabond.ie

PLEASE NOTE: Our office hours are MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.30am-5.30pm GMT. Our phone numbers divert to Ireland so 'your' time might be the middle of the night for us. Please leave a message and we'll get straight back to you.

The whole team are really excited to be welcoming you to Ireland soon.

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