Reopening & Covid-19

Reopening & Covid-19

Dear Guest,

Please be advised that, following government advice, Elegant Irish Tours is fully open for business and implementing all recommended hygiene measures.

We are now taking private tour bookings for the remainder of 2021 and advance bookings for 2022.

On 12th September, Mr. Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair Group (Europe's largest airline) was quoted by The Sunday Times of London as saying he expects "a dramatic recovery in holiday tourism within Europe next year" and that the huge demand for holidays will coincide with 20% fewer flights meaning a dramatic price rise for both flights and hotels. Ryanair prices have now been cut ahead of the 2022 season to "grab market share everywhere" as competitors struggle to adjust.

At Elegant Irish Tours, we share Mr O'Leary's sentiment and encourage those of you who are considering private Ireland tours to enquire about our early bird pricing and flexible booking terms for your vacation.

We are confident that we can deliver market leading 5 star service at competitive rates under booking terms that allow you to book without risk and to enjoy peace of mind.

Hoping to provide you with an Irish experience of a lifetime in the near future.

Le Meas (with respect),

Cathal O'Connell,
Founder & President

Covid situation in Ireland - Summary (September 2021)

As of September 2021, The adult Irish population is 90% fully vaccinated. The Irish government have communicated that, all going well, they expect to remove almost all remaining domestic restrictions by mid to late October. This would place Ireland in the first group of nations in Europe that have either fully exited pandemic restrictions already or are expected to do so imminently.

Entry requirements to Ireland - Summary (September 2021)

Please note that the following is a summary, is subject to change at short notice and should be seen as a "quick reference" to legal entry requirements.

While we seek to keep the information up to date, we take no responsibility of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness and accuracy of the information contained in this page or individual decisions based thereon.

Comprehensive, fully up to date legal requirements for entry to Ireland can be viewed on the website of the Irish Embassy in your country or on this page maintained by the European Union: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/ireland/index_en.htm

Entry to Ireland from the European Union (with or without the EU Digital Covid certificate from an EU member state or Schengen associated country)

(Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden)

Ireland is now fully open to those travelling from European Union member states.

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

In addition, one of the following is required;
  • A) Valid proof of vaccination (EMA approved)
  • B) Valid proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test
  • C) A negative / not detected PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland. A non PCR test, for example antigen, is not accepted
Full details at: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/ireland/index_en.htm

Entry to Ireland from the United Kingdom

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

In addition, one of the following is required;
  • A) Valid proof of vaccination (EMA approved)
  • B) Valid proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test
  • C) A negative / not detected PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland. A non PCR test, for example antigen, is not accepted
NB: If the passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they need to: undergo self-quarantine for 14 days; may undergo post-arrival testing – a RT-PCR test can be taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland: with a negative result the quarantine ends. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19. This test will be provided through the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Full details at: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/ireland/index_en.htm

Entry to Ireland from the United States

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

In addition, one of the following is required;
  • A) Valid proof of vaccination (EMA approved)
  • B) Valid proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test
  • C) A negative / not detected PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland. A non PCR test, for example antigen, is not accepted
Passengers travelling with a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test result will be asked to show evidence of the test result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country they are travelling from.

NB: If the passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they need to: undergo self-quarantine for 14 days; may undergo post-arrival testing – a RT-PCR test can be taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland: with a negative result the quarantine ends. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19. This test will be provided through the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Updates and full details here: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/travel-and-covid/ireland/index_en.htm

Recent diplomatic comments from the European Union Ambassador to the United States, echoed by the Irish Ambassador to the United States and Irish American Congressmen have suggested that the above restrictions on US travellers to the EU may be eased further when President Biden relaxes the current total ban on European citizens (including those fully vaccinated or recovered) travelling to the US, which has now been in place for over 500 days and which "seriously harms vital economic and human ties at a time when they are most needed."