COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Update

Last Updated: January 18th, 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 For Our 2022 & 2023 Tours

All guests aged 12 and older must have proof of full vaccination to join any tour in 2022 and 2023. This may include a booster shot to be considered current and fully vaccinated, depending on the rules at the time of your tour. This policy applies to all of our tours, both private tours and escorted group tours.

This policy is here for both your safety and your tour experience. Government regulations require that the majority of the locations we visit require proof of vaccination to enter, including restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions.

You must bring your proof of vaccination with you, as it will be needed both to join your tour on the first day, and to enter many of the attractions and visits during your tour. Children aged 11 or under need to have proof of a negative PCR test dated no more than 72 hours before the start of your trip, or have proof of vaccination.

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

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.

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

For fully vaccinated US travellers;

For those without a valid certificate of full vaccination;

Ireland's current situation

From the 21st of December 2021, the Irish government has reintroduced a curfew on the hospitality sector, with all bars and restaurants having to close at 8p.m. This curfew does not apply to guests staying in hotels. Indoor activities including visits to the cinema, museums and the theatre, indoor dining, and visits to bars and restaurants all require proof of vaccination, and can only fill 50% of their usual capacity. Proof of vaccination is now also mandatory for those visiting hairdressers, barbers, or gyms. People, that are close contacts of a household member, are being advised to restrict their movement until they have three negative antigen test results within five days. People are being asked to work from home, where possible. From the 6th of December 2021, nightclubs have closed. These regulations will remain in place until the 30th of January.

UK's current situation

From the 28th of November 2021, England has added six countries to it's 'Red-list'. Anyone travelling from these countries will have to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel on their arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. Passengers from all other countries must be fully vaccinated and follow the criteria listed above From the 28th of November 2021, everyone 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.

England:

On the 28th of November 2021, the English government has reintroduced some majority of restrictions across the country. These include laws regarding face coverings and social distancing in shops and on public transport. All hospitality settings will be exempt. All passengers entering the UK will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. This does not include those coming from the Common Travel Area that covers the Channel Islands and Ireland.

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'.

From the 13th of December 2021, the UK have urges everyone 18+, that has received both of their vaccination jabs, to get a booster jab before the end of the year. This is due to the presence of the Omicron variant being found within the U.K.

From the 15th of December 2021, England set out plans to move to plan B in response to the rise of cases of the Omicron variant within the country. This means that the wearing of a face covering in public places and on public transport will once again become mandatory. People are being asked to work from home, where possible. And to get vaccinated, tested and self-isolate as required.

Scotland:

On the 27th of December 2021, Scotland has reimposed limits on the amount of people gathering at indoor events. 100 people standing or 200 people will be permitted. 500 people maximum will be allowed to attend outdoor events. A minimum of one meter between people attending pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms will have to be ensured. Groups of people meeting is limited to three households. Any hospitality service that offers alcohol will have to operate table service only.

From the 5th of January 2022, the Scottish government announced that the self-isolation period for those that have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been a close contact of someone that has tested positive, will be reduced from 10 days to seven.

Wales:

From the 27th of December, the Welsh government has updated their Covid restrictions, and are now classed as Alter Level Two. The maximum number of people that can meet at a pub, cinema or restaurant is six. A maximum of 50 people can attend outdoor events, and a maximum of 30 can attend indoor events. A two meter distance is required in offices and public spaces. Face coverings must be worn in all public places. Under the new rules, all nightclubs have to close. These Alter Level Two restrictions are set to be in place for several weeks.

Northern Ireland:

From the 27th of December 2021, people are being urged to limit meetings inside private homes to no more than three households. If people can not work from home, a minimum of two meters is required as a social distancing measure within the workplace. At hospitality venues, table service only is required and a maximum of six people can sit together. The use of face coverings is still mandatory in public, indoor spaces. Anyone over the age of 16, visiting a premise in the hospitality and accommodation sector, must provide the establishment with their name and telephone number.

Roadmap to Reopening

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