Extension of 9% VAT rate for tourism & hospitality sectors
The special 9% VAT (Value Added Tax) rate for the tourism and hospitality sector in the Republic of Ireland has been extended for a further six months until 28th February 2023. This extension will cover the same goods and services as the original measure including tourist accommodation, theatres, museums and historic houses.
Travel Restrictions to the island of Ireland
From March 6th 2022 all COVID-19 travel restrictions were removed for travelling to the Republic of Ireland, and from March 18th 2022 all COVID-19 travel restrictions were removed for travelling to Northern Ireland. Visitors no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, nor will they need proof of vaccination or recovery, or a COVID-19 test.
For the Republic of Ireland please check the latest travel advice
For Northern Ireland please check the latest travel advice
Aer Lingus Summer Schedule 2022
Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Aer Lingus of its extensive new schedule for summer 2022. This schedule includes 71 routes in total, including 16 transatlantic routes.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said "The announcement by Aer Lingus of its extensive new schedule for summer 2022 is excellent news and a significant milestone on the road to recovery for our sector. As we restart tourism to Ireland from overseas after what has been a devastating time, this announcement of the restoration of many Aer Lingus routes is very much a vote of confidence in the future of our industry". Read more
Lonely Planet lists Dublin in top 10 cities to visit in 2022
The much-anticipated Lonely Planet Best Travel Destinations for 2022 has listed Dublin in its top 10 cities to visit.
The best-selling guide describes Dublin as "one of Europe's most down-to-earth and friendly cities" adding that its "long-established highlights are now complemented by new layers of community and diversity that add to the capital's contemporary appeal"
Brexit and travel to the island of Ireland
If you’re wondering how Brexit may affect travel arrangements to the island of Ireland from 1 January 2021:
Please click here if travelling from Great Britain
Please click here if travelling from Europe
Please click here if travelling from the Rest of the World
Recommencement of flights from Dublin to Kerry and Donegal
The Irish Government has announced the return of air services on the Dublin to Kerry and Donegal routes. The Kerry route will be operated by Ryanair, and Amapola Flyg AB will operate the Dublin to Donegal route.
Island of Ireland Safety Marks
Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland have worked closely with the tourism industry to put safety marks in place in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These marks are designed to reassure you and your clients that the industry partner has committed to adhering to the correct safety measures and hygiene protocols, while also ensuring a very enjoyable experience and warm welcome for all visitors. The health and safety of all our visitors is the priority, and we will ensure that they are protected alongside a very warm Irish welcome.
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