COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Update

Last Updated: May 4th, 2022

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 & 2023 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 2024, 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 and 2023, 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, 2023 or 2024. 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.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy (2022 Escorted Group Tours Only)

All guests aged 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination to join our 2022 Escorted Group Tours.

While many of the restrictions associated with Covid-19 are being eased, it is still very much present. This policy is in place for both your safety and the safety of your fellow guests.

You must bring your proof of your full vaccination with you, as it will be needed to join your tour on the first day and some attractions may require it for entry. As per government guidance, children aged 11 or under do not need a Covid test or proof of their full vaccination (though if vaccinated, we recommend bringing the proof with you).

Testing positive for Covid-19 during your tour.

Any guest that tests positive for Covid-19 during their tour will be required to self-isolate. While My Ireland Tour can assist in finding a suitable self-isolation location, any costs, incurred during the self-isolation period, will be at the guest's own expense. We would strongly advise travel insurance for all guests.

During the period of self-isolation:

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.

Keeping you Updated

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.

Current Situation In Ireland and the UK

While we try to keep this page as up to date as we can, it is not always possible. You can find the most recent and accurate information (regarding laws on travel to and restrictions within Ireland and the UK) at citizensinformation.ie and gov.uk, respectively. Things can change, and we are governed by the rules at the time of your tour.

Before entering Ireland
Before entering the United Kingdom

From the 18th of March, people travelling to the UK from abroad will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.

Ireland's current situation

From the 06th of March 2022, the Irish government removed all Covid-19 travel restrictions, including the need to provide proof of vaccination or recovery (or a negative PCR test), and the requirement to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

From the 28th of February 2022, face mask are no longer mandatory in the majority of settings, but it will remain advisable to wear them in public transport and health care settings. All physical distance and mask wearing guidance is also to be removed from schools and universities in Ireland. The requirement to self-isolate for seven days, after a positive case, remains.

From the 22nd of January 2022, the Irish government has lifted the majority of its Covid-19 restrictions. There will no longer be an early closing time for hospitality and events. Outdoor events, and sports fixtures, will no longer have restrictions on their capacity. Capacity rules for all indoor events, including weddings, have now been removed. There is no longer a requirement to show a valid Covid Certificate to enter various premises. Restrictions on nightclubs have been removed. And there is no longer any guidance concerning household visits. From the 24th of January 2022, the will be a phased return to the physical workplace.

UK's current situation

From the end of February 2022, the UK government has eased the majority of Covid-19 restrictions across the four home nations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Some rules remain in place, and these differ across the four countries. We will try to keep you informed here as these change. For a more up-to-date report on the restrictions currently in place, please see the gov.uk website.

England:

On the 27th of January 2022, the English government has removed the majority of its Covid related restrictions. Face coverings are now only mandatory in health care settings, and on public transport in London. Venues and events are no longer required by law to use the NHS Covid pass. Rules on social distancing and working from home have also been removed.

From the 24th of February 2022, people who test positive for Covid-19 in England will be advised to self-isolate, but it will no longer be a legal requirement. Businesses will also no longer be bound by law to tell their staff to self-isolate if they have Covid-19.

Scotland:

On the 22nd of January 2022, the Scottish government has removed the restrictions around nightclubs, social distancing and its cap on indoor events. There will also no longer be a requirement for premises serving alcohol to operate table service only.

On the 28th of February 2022, the requirement for people to show proof of vaccination for events such as concerts and football matches has ended.

From the 18th of March 2022, travel rules surrounding Covid-19 have ended in Scotland, including the need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

From the 18th of April 2022, the legal requirement to wear face masks on public transport, and most indoor public spaces in Scotland, has ended.

From the 1st of May 2022, anyone with symptoms or a positive test will no longer has to take a PCR test or self isolate.

Wales:

From the 22nd of January 2022, the Welsh government's restrictions around outdoor events have been eased to Alert Level Zero. This means that there is no limit on the number of people who can attend an open-air activity. The two-meter rule and the rule of six have also been lifted for outdoor hospitality and nightclubs can reopen. Those who test positive for Covid-19, will now only have to self-isolate for five days.

On the 18th of February 2022, the Covid pass law was lifted in Wales. This means that those entering large events, cinemas and nightclubs will no longer have to show proof of their second-dose Covid vaccination.

Northern Ireland:

From the 15th of February 2022, Covid certificates will no longer be needed to enter large indoor unseated events and nightclubs. Guidance on self-isolation upon infection remains in place (five full days). The work from home rule has been eased to working remotely "where you can". the legal requirement to wear face masks in certain public settings remains.

Roadmap to Reopening

Both the Irish Government and the UK Government have now begun to slowly remove restrictions again, within their respective countries. The outcome of this, like so much else, remains unclear. Each time restrictions are removed, 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.

2022 & 2023 Tours of Ireland & Scotland

Our Tours of Ireland and Scotland 2022 and 2023 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.