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

Even better news...

Travelers have returned to our shores and our legendary Vagabond & Driftwood small-group tours are right in the middle of our historic, 21st touring season!

Keep reading to check up on frequently asked questions about travel to Ireland, changes we’ve made as a company and Ireland's outstanding rates of vaccination.

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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 nor Northern Ireland.

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.

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 Need To Test Before Taking A Tour?

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We do not require testing for COVID-19 before taking one of our small-group tours of Ireland.

However, we do require all guests to sign a pre-tour disclaimer affirming the lack of any COVID-19 symptoms.

If COVID-19 symptoms develop during a tour, we ask that guests take a test and inform their VagaGuide.

In the event of a negative antigen test result, the affected guest must wear an N95 (or equivalent medical-grade) face mask on the tour vehicle for the remainder of the tour.

In the unfortunate event that the affected guest displays a positive antigen test result, they will be asked to leave the tour.

We take care of any guest affected by a positive COVID-19 test result. Our professional team offers a personalised service with well-developed procedures to support, inform and help affected guests until they return safely home.

Guests also benefit from medical services and logistical support from our affiliated partners, if required.

Our No.1 aim is for our guests to enjoy Ireland to the absolute maximum. We also have a duty of care to protect our own team and our community

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 with 92% of adults (those aged over 16) fully vaccinated with at least two doses.

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

The vaccination programme in the Republic of Ireland has been one of the most successful among all 26 EU states for rates of additional vaccine uptake (at least 59% of the population have received first booster).

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

Happily, 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 and 2023:

😷 Wearing of masks on Vagabond tour vehicles is no longer mandatory. However, we strongly recommend you continue to wear masks to protect yourself, your fellow guests and your VagaGuide. 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 continue to actively review our standard operating procedures, updating them to ensure the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene in and around 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 tour guide 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.

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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 yourself, your fellow guests and your VagaGuide.

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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Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering the USA.

The requirement for a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result was removed by the CDC, effective June 12th 2022.

This applies to all guests returning to the USA.

Read the official release from the CDC here

What Do I Need To Do Before Returning To Canada?

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Pre-entry tests are no longer 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

You are no longer required to provide any pre-departure COVID-19 test result to re-enter or transit Australia.

However, you are responsible for checking testing and proof of vaccination requirements for the airlines or vessel operator you travel with and all countries you travel to and transit through.

Check our list of Antigen and PCR Test Centres in Dublin [pdf, 143kb]

Where Can I Get Tested In Dublin?

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⚠️ Pre-departure testing is no longer required for guests returning to the USA, Canada or Australia.

Smartcare Healthcare are our affiliated partner for COVID-19 care and testing.

Tomas from Smartcare will work with you to schedule your appointment.

Book your test via the Smartcare Healthcare website

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

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]

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 excited to be welcoming you to Ireland soon!

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