COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Update

Last Updated: October 18th, 2021

The Cliffs of Moher Irish tourism attraction

Our Peace of Mind Travel Plan

We want to make things more flexible for you and to ease any concerns about making decisions too early. With this in mind, we have updated our terms and conditions due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These updates extend the rights of our guests. They do not reduce any of our guests' rights as per the standard terms and conditions. With our Peace of Mind Travel Plan, you can do any of the following:

2022 Tours:

Make unlimited changes up to 60 days before your tour

You can make unlimited alterations to your booking up to 60 days before your tour starts, for any reason. Change tour, change date, change participants, even change to 2023, and there are no costs for the changes at all. Please note; changing to another tour is subject to availability and the deposit is non-refundable, but you can put a deposit on hold for the following season.

Covid-19 Cover up to 30 days before your tour

Should COVID-19 be an issue in 2022 then there's extra flexibility in any of these situations: Your airline cancels or changes your flight dates due to COVID-19, or your Govt or the Irish Govt recommend against traveling due to COVID-19. If either of these situations should occur, you can transfer the full amount paid to a future tour with it or get a refund of all monies paid (less the 4% card charges).

Transfer to a future tour up to 60 days before your tour

When transferring to the future, you can pick any tour that starts in 2022 or 2023. It does not have to be the same itinerary as you originally booked. You do not have to pick the date and tour straight away. Please note: the tour price, dates, offers, and itinerary may be different from the tour that you had originally booked, and is subject to availability.

Status of our 2021 Shared Tours of Ireland & Scotland

We have cancelled all of our shared tour packages for 2021. We have offered all those guests the option of a refund. Or, the option of transferring their full amount paid to a 2022 tour.

Keeping you Updated

We will be keeping the situation in close review. We will keep this page updated and keep sharing our thoughts and plans here. We hope this page gives you all the information that you might need, and that it helps clarify your situation if you decide not to travel.

Our Track Record

How we reacted in 2020 and 2021

For further peace of mind when booking your My Ireland Tour, you can look at how we handled the unprecedented events of 2020 and 2021. As soon as we knew that travelling to Ireland and Scotland was unrealistic, we decided the fairest thing to do was to reimburse everyone who had booked a tour with us in 2020 and 2021.

What we offered our guests

We Gave our guests the choice

Knowing that a refund would suit some guests while a transfer, to a future tour, would suit others—we allowed our guests to make the choice.

Many other companies, as there was no legal obligation to do so, offered neither refunds nor transfers. Some companies only gave the option of transferring to a future tour, to us this seemed unreasonable. We know how much effort goes into booking a tour, and we understand that you choose specific dates for a reason. For many, a vacation like this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance: dates can't always be easily changed.

Proactive Communication

Through our dedicated customer support team, we were able to ensure that all of our affected guests could move forward with a clear idea of where they stood. Eric, and everyone here at My Ireland Tour, would like to thank all of our guests for their understanding during these difficult times.

Fast Results

We made it our priority to ensure all refunds were processed as quickly as possible. Once a guest had requested a refund, the money was back in their account within two weeks.

Other companies have had to issue apologies for the time incurred by their customers, in waiting for a refund. Waiting times of up to six months and beyond have been reported. Worse still, companies that did not have their finances in order, and were unable to survive through the pandemic, have left some of their customers short-changed.

Current Situation In Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK Governments are currently imposing some restrictions on travel. Flights in and out of Ireland and the UK are still running, though in a very reduced capacity and there are self-isolation requirements for any non-essential travellers arriving into Ireland or the UK. Although both countries have entered multi-phase plans for reopening their economies, there is currently no clear timeline for ending the self-isolation requirements for some travellers. Visitors to the UK should be mindful of regional variations announced by the English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish, and UK-wide governments.

Before entering Ireland
Before entering the United Kingdom

For fully vaccinated US travellers;

For those without a valid certificate of full vaccination;

Ireland's current situation

As of the 5th of July 2021, travel between counties for non-essential reasons can resume. International travel should be avoided, unless for essential reasons. Three households, or up to a maximum of six people from different households, can meet outdoors. Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors with other fully vaccinated people, up to a maximum of three households. Hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and hostels can reopen. Accommodation services such as indoor dining and leisure facilities must be restricted to overnight guests/residents only. Cinemas and theatres can reopen. Outdoor services in bars and restaurants can resume. A maximum of 200 people can attend outdoor events. 50 guests can attend weddings, and 50 mourners can attend funerals. There is now no limit on the number of people who can meet up indoors if they are all fully vaccinated.

From the 26th of July, indoor service in bars and restaurants can recommence. In order to access indoor dining, proof of your full vaccination, or recovery from Covid-19 (in the past six months), must be shown. No proof is needed for those under 18 years of age.

During September 2021, the Irish government has loosened their restrictions further. Organised indoor events and mass gatherings can take place. If everyone attending is immune (either recovered within the last six months or fully vaccinated), or is a minor (under 18yrs of age), these events can reach up to 60% of their capacity. Cinemas and theatres can also welcome immune or minor guest to reach 60% capacity. Religious ceremonies can now have a capacity of 50%, regardless of the attendees' immunity status. Immune and minor guests can attend outdoor events, capacity at these events can rise to 75% of pre-Covid numbers. A maximum of 100 people can now attend activities such as sports, arts, culture and dance classes. Outdoor group activities now have all restrictions removed for participants. However, attendances for spectator may still be limited.

From the 25th September 2021, the requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine in Ireland has ended.

The majority of restrictions in Ireland are expected to be lifted on the 22nd of October.

UK's current situation

From the 4th of October 2021, any passengers that have travelled through or from a 'Red-list' country will have to have to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel on their return. All people travelling to Scotland, from their 'Red-list' countries, must quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel. As neither Wales nor Northern Ireland has direct international flights, anyone travelling from 'Red-list' countries must book and pay for their quarantine in England. The price of a room for the 10-day stay at a government-sanctioned hotel is £1,750.

England:

On the 19th of July 2021, the English government lifted the majority of restrictions across the country. Laws regarding face coverings, social distancing and work from home have all come to an end.

Currently, larger groups or up to six people are allowed to meet outdoors. Pubs and restaurants can serve indoors, where the rule of six or two households will apply. Entertainment venues, such as cinemas and casinos, are open. Weddings and funerals will be permitted to have up to 30 guests. People who have received their full vaccination will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been a 'close contact'.

Scotland:

On the 8th of August 2021, Scotland entered Level 0 of its Covid-19 guidelines. This is the level with the fewest restrictions. The Scottish government has said this is thanks to "steady decline in cases" and "the success of vaccination". Wearing masks inside public places and on public transport will remain mandatory.

From the 16th of August, fully vaccinated people will no longer have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

From the 18th of October, only those people that can prove that they've had both doses of the vaccine (via a phone app), can enter nightclubs and attend large events.

Wales:

From the 7th of August, the Welsh government have removed the majority of their Covid-19 restrictions. The country is now classed as being in Alert Level Zero, their lowest level of restrictions. People who have received their full vaccination will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been a 'close contact'.

Northern Ireland:

From the 12th of April, two households will be permitted to meet outdoors. Outdoor sports and outdoor visitor attractions can resume from the 23rd of April. Non-essential retail will reopen from the 30th of April. The remainder of primary school students returned to school and click and collect services will be allowed to resume. From the 27th of May, people travelling in and out of Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland and the UK will no longer have to self-isolate.

From the 3rd of August, the Northern Ireland have relaxed their international travel restrictions. Travellers entering the country from Eastern Europe's amber list countries and those from the United States who are fully vaccinated can do so without the need to quarantine.

From the 8th of August 2021, close contact services, such as hair salons, in Northern Ireland will be allowed to accept walk-in customers.

From the 16th of August, the limit on the amount of people at outdoor gatherings was removed. The Rule of Six — the limit on the number of people allowed to sit together in hospitality venues — has been removed. Conferences and exhibitions will be allowed to resume. From the 14th of October, the number of people number of people that can meet at private domestic settings has increased from 15 to 30. Fully vaccinated people will no longer have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Northern Ireland will review their Covid-19 restrictions again towards the end of September 2021.

Roadmap to Reopening

Both the Irish Government and the UK Government have now begun to slowly decrease restrictions, within their respective countries. The outcome of this, like so much else, remains unclear. Each time restrictions are eased, they are reviewed by governments, then assessed and updated periodically. While most countries around the world are making strong progress in getting the Covid-19 vaccinations to their citizens, a definite timeline—regarding how soon we will return to 'normal'—remains to be seen. We will do our best to keep you up to date.

Both the UK and Ireland have different self-isolation requirements for visitors to their countries, depending on where you are travelling from. There has been no clarification, as yet, regarding the timeline for how long these requirements will last. We are keeping a close eye on this very important detail, being a critical step in running our tours.

2022 Tours of Ireland & Scotland

Our Tours of Ireland and Scotland 2022 are now online.

If you'd like to travel with just you and your group, our Private Tours of Ireland and Scotland are also available to book.

When would we cancel a Tour?

We hope this section helps to clarify any questions that you may have regarding the circumstances under which we would cancel a tour.

We would cancel tours if:

 

We would not cancel tours if:

For further details, please see our Terms and Conditions page.