COVID-19 Coronavirus Travel Update

Last Updated: April 15th, 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19). 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:

2021 Tours:

Make unlimited changes up to 30 days before your tour

You can make unlimited alterations to your booking up to 30 days before your tour starts, for any reason. Change tour, change date, even change to 2022, and there are no costs for the changes at all. Please note; changing to another tour is subject to availability.

Cancel (for any reason) up to 30 days before your tour

If you want to cancel your tour for any reason, you can let us know 30 days before your tour starts. Pick either a refund of all monies paid less the 4% card charges, or have 100% of what you've paid us transferred to a future booking for 2021 or 2022.

Transfer to a future tour up to 30 days before your tour

When transferring to the future, you can pick any tour that starts in 2021 or 2022. 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.

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 can put 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 Tours of Ireland & Scotland

We have cancelled all of our tour packages up until the end of August 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.

For more information regarding our cancellation policy for 2021 tours, please see our Terms and Conditions page.

As Things Change

Although it seems possible that restrictions in Ireland may be eased in the not too distant future, the uncertainty is when will things be back to business as usual, to the level required for us to provide you with the full proper experience of what Ireland has to offer.

Please rest assured that we'll only start running our tours again both when the Government advises that it's ok to do so, and when Ireland is opened back up to the level which allows us to give you the full proper experience of this wonderful country. We would never run any tour we could not stand by as a truly wonderful Irish experience.

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

For further peace of mind when booking your My Ireland Tour, you can look at how we handled the unprecedented events of 2020. 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.

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.

A lot of 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 have put in place social distancing measures that include the closure of many non-essential businesses, as well as 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 announced multi-phase plans for reopening their economies, there is currently no clear timeline for ending the self-isolation requirements for non-essential travellers. Visitors to the UK should be mindful of regional variations announced by the Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh and UK-wide governments.

Ireland's current situation

Ireland, on the 15th of September 2020, introduced a new 5-Level plan called 'Living with COVID', which is to remain in place for six to nine months. Level 1 is classed as having the fewest restrictions. Level 5 is classed as having the most and would represent the closest scenario to the full lockdown experienced by Ireland in March and April 2020.

From the 26th of March 2021 passengers, arriving in Ireland from a high-risk country, must quarantine for 14 days. It is mandatory for all visitors to Ireland to self-isolate from this period at the address stated on their passenger locator form. Self-isolation can be discontinued only after a passenger receives a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, taken no less than 5 days after arrival.

From the 12th of April 2021, the 5km travel limit has been removed. People will be permitted to travel within their own county, or up to 20km of their residence if they are crossing county borders. Two households will also be permitted to meet outdoors, but not in private gardens. Construction work on residential properties will resume and all primary and secondary school students will return to school. All non-essential retail, pubs, restaurants and non-essential services (beauty salons, hairdressers, etc.) will not be permitted to open during this time. People who have received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine can meet with other fully vaccinated people indoors from one other household.

These Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland will be reviewed by the Irish government on the 4th of May.

UK's current situation

From the 18th of January 2021, you may not be able to travel into the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) without proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, taken up to 72 hours prior to your departure. All passengers into the U.K. will be required to quarantine for up to 10 days.

From the 15th of February 2021 English residents, returning to England from so-called 'red-list' countries (including Portugal, Brazil and South Africa), now have to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel on their return. Anyone who has visited one of these 39 'red-list' countries, in the previous 10 days, must book their 10-day quarantine hotel stay via the government portal. All people travelling to Scotland, from any other country, must also 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:

From the 12th of April all non-essential retail and personal care services can reopen, but shoppers are asked to do so alone. Hospitality business have reopened, but on an outdoor basis only.

No earlier than the 17th of May, larger groups or up to six people will be allowed to meet outdoors. Pubs and restaurants can begin to serve indoors, where the rule of six or two households will apply. Entertainment venues, such as cinemas and casinos, can reopen. Weddings and funerals will be permitted to have up to 30 guests. These will also be the step that will review the current ban on foreign holidays. No earlier than the 21st of June, this final stage of the plan is where it is hoped that all legal limits on social contact could be removed.

Scotland:

On Tuesday the 5th of January, Scotland entered into a new national lockdown. Similar to their national lockdown of March 2020, the Scottish government has advised people to stay at home except for essential reasons. Educational facilities are asked to move to online learning where possible. Children in primary schools, classes P1, P2 and P3 (Ages 4 to 7) and children in nursery will return from Monday the 22nd of February. Children in classes P4, P5, P6 and P7 (Ages 8 to 11) will return from Monday 15th of March. Non-essential retail is to remain closed and all restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars are also to remain closed. From the 13th of March four people, from two households, can meet outdoors. Organised exercise outdoors, and non-contact outdoor sports can resume. This national lockdown will be reviewed on the 26th of April.

Wales:

The Welsh government, on the 19th of December, announced that the entire country will enter Level 4 restrictions—their strictest level. Schools and colleges across Wales have been told to move to online learning until the 22nd of February. Children, up to the age of seven, returned to school on Monday the 22nd of February, with children eight and over expected to return in mid-March. From Saturday the 13th of March, four people, from two households, can meet up outdoors to socialise. Outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts, basketball courts and golf courses can reopen, and, single designated visitors, can visit indoor care homes. From the 15th of March all primary school students returned to primary school. Wales, on the 27th of March, ended their "Stay Local" orders in favour of unlimited travel within the country. Wales' current lockdown will be reviewed on the 22nd of April.

Northern Ireland:

From the 12th of April, two households will be permitted to meet outdoors. Non-essential retail will remain closed. The remainder of primary school students returned to school and click and collect services will be allowed to resume. Northern Ireland will review their Covid-19 restrictions at the end of April 2021.

Roadmap to Reopening

Both the Irish Government and the UK Government have now begun to slowly increase restrictions, within their respective countries, due to increases in case numbers. The outcome of these restrictions, like so much else, remains unclear. Each level of restriction imposed by the governments is reviewed, assessed and updated periodically. While many countries around the world, as of mid-December 2020, are preparing to roll out Coronavirus 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.

While some hotels, in both Ireland and the UK, have reopened in December, the majority of these can facilitate non-social and non-tourist purposes only.

Both countries also currently have a required period of self-isolation for most visitors entering. There has been no clarification, as yet, regarding the timeline for how long this requirement will last. We are keeping a close eye on this very important detail, being a critical step for when we can start running tours again.

2021 & 2022 Tours of Ireland & Scotland

Our Tours of Ireland and Scotland 2021 & 2022 are now online.

If you'd like to travel with just you and your group, our Private Tours of Ireland and Scotland 2021 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.