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What countries are on the travel Green List?

The green list is a list of countries you can travel to from Ireland without having to quarantine on return


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The Government has agreed on a Green List of countries that will be included as "Normal Precautions" on the Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice. This means that anyone arriving into Ireland from these countries will not have to quarantine and instead can follow the general public health advice for people living in Ireland. 

The Green List means that anyone arriving into Ireland from these countries will not have to quarantine for 14 days. Passengers from all other countries must quarantine on arrival for 14 days. This means they must not leave their accommodation.

What countries are on the Green List in Ireland? 

The countries currently on the Green List until September 21st 2020: 

  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Italy
  • Hungary
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Slovakia
  • Greece
  • Greenland

From September 21st, the Green List will be updated to the following countries:

  • Cyprus (with restrictions on arrival)
  • Finland (with restrictions on arrival)
  • Germany
  • Iceland (with restrictions on arrival)
  • Latvia (with restrictions on arrival)
  • Lithuania (with restrictions on arrival)
  • Poland

Do I have to quarantine on arrival in these countries?

Just because a country is on the Irish Green List, this doesn't mean there are no restrictions for those travelling from Ireland into those countries. In particular, the following countries currently have restrictions in place for travellers entering the country from Ireland:

  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania

These restrictions may include having to restrict your movements for a period of time. If you are planning on travelling to any country, regardless of whether or not it is on this list, make sure to look up what will be required of you before you travel. You can find information on Government websites for the country you are travelling to. 

What measurements are in place to make sure people coming into Ireland quarantine? 

The Government has said that it will continue with plans to strengthen the existing measures for monitoring passengers who arrive into Ireland, including the introduction of an Electronic Passenger Locator Form, enhanced follow-up procedures, a call centre operated by the DAA, and a proposed testing regime for symptomatic passengers at airports and ports. They have also said that processes to restrict flight or passenger travel in certain circumstances will also be explored.

Does this mean it is safe to travel to countries on the Green List? 

Although the Government have published the Green List they have also stated that the COVID-19 Pandemic is not over and the public health advice remains the same. Their advice is that the safest thing to do is not to travel.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published July 22nd2020
Last updated Octo­ber 21st2020
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