COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Update

Last Updated: August 3rd, 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 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

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 COVID-19 test result, taken no less than 5 days after arrival.

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.

On the 19th of July, Ireland joined the rest of the countries in the EU in implementing the Digital Covid Certificate. This means that anyone travelling to and from Ireland, from countries with the EU or Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, can do so without having to quarantine if they have recovered from Covid-19, have had a negative PCR test with 72 hours of arrival or have proof of being fully vaccinated.

Passengers arriving in Ireland from the UK and USA also will not have to self-isolate if they have recovered from Covid-19 or have a valid proof of vaccination.

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.

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 COVID-19(Coronavirus) 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:

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.

Scotland:

From the 26th of April 2021, Scottish cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen - serving indoors until 8 p.m (no alcohol), and serving alcohol outdoors (depending on local laws). Take-away food can be collected indoors. Up to six people from two different households can socialise indoors at a public place, including cafés, pubs and restaurants. People in Scotland are also free to travel within Scotland, England and Wales.

On the 19th of July 2021, Scotland entered Level 0 of its Covid-19 guidelines. This is the level with the fewest restrictions. Wearing masks inside public places and on public transport will remain mandatory.

Wales:

From the 17th of July, the Welsh government have moved the country to its second-lowest tier (alert level one) of restrictions. There is now no limit to the number of people that can meet outdoors. Up to six can meet in private households. Further easing of restrictions is expected in Wales during August 2021.

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. Northern Ireland will review their Covid-19 restrictions again in August 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 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.