The Irish Government has said that it has no plans to close airports or ports. Dublin Airport is open to assist with the repatriation of Irish citizens from abroad and to ensure the import and export of vital medical supplies and other essential goods and cargo.
The Irish Government is advising against all non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland. You can check the latest guidance and travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs HERE.
The Irish State requires anyone arriving into Ireland via Dublin Airport – including Irish citizens - to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people, according to the HSE. The HSE rules include not going to work or to public places; not taking public transport or taxis; and not inviting visitors to your home.
The HSE has said that arriving passengers will be asked to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form before they arrive in Ireland and “you may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating”.
These HSE rules for arriving passengers do not apply if you are briefly stopping over at the airport on your way to another country, travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, or if you are “an essential supply chain worker”, such as “a pilot, haulier or maritime staff member”. There is more information from the HSE in relation to travel to Ireland from overseas HERE.
The Irish Government has issued this form to airlines and you should receive a copy of the form before you arrive at Dublin Airport. The completed form must be handed to immigration officers at Passport Control.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), which is Ireland's specialist agency for the investigation and management of communicable diseases, are the experts in this area and follows guidance from the World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The HPSC, which is part of the Health Service Executive (HSE), sets the public health guidelines on how to deal with contagious diseases. Dublin Airport follows all of the HSE/HPSC’s guidelines and has been liaising closely with them since the outbreak of the virus.
If you are travelling, our advice is to always check your flight information directly with your airline, as services are currently subject to change. You can find a list of airlines that have suspended services at Dublin Airport and their current resumption dates HERE.
Irish health officials are not carrying out temperature checks/screening at Irish airports as the HPSC has said it is not an appropriate control measure for Ireland at this time. Irish health officials note that this type of airport screening is not recommended by either the World Health Organization or by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Separately, there are formal protocols in place in the event of a passenger presenting with acute respiratory infection on an inbound aircraft, and these will be strictly adhered to at all times.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to observe good hand and cough hygiene habits.
Practice good respiratory hygiene - when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow. Discard the tissue immediately and then wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Irish health authorities are recommending that people wear a cloth face covering in situations where it is difficult to practice social distancing. Health authorities have said that people may choose to wear a cloth face covering when social distancing is difficult in places such as shops, public transport and in an enclosed indoor space with other people.
There is more information on the guidelines in relation to face coverings HERE