William Fry spouse Alicia Compton and partner Karen Hennessy look to the newest travel restrictions and what companies will need to think about if their workers are now searching for work.

Recently the government has ramped up its attempts to limit travel to and from Ireland to suppress the spread of Covid-19 and have put several travel limitations on a statutory foundation.

It’s a fast-moving place with updated and new regulations being implemented in a nearly daily basis. Moreover, proposed limitations are always being reported in the government and media information, which doesn’t have the power of legal regulation, is frequently updated and published. It’s reasonable to state it is challenging to maintain.

Thus, what’s the present situation for Irish companies who would like to attract people to operate in Ireland, whether on a short term or long-term foundation?

The current guidance from the Irish authorities is that nobody, no matter nationality, if traveling to Ireland unless for essential factors. As has always been the case, police officials at boundary management may utilize their discretion to allow or deny a gentleman entry to Ireland.

Therefore, companies need to translate this themselves and in which they want a person to go to Ireland, decide on a case by case basis when the travel is vital. When making that decision, an employer should consider numerous aspects, like the function to be undertaken, the urgency of traveling, and finally if the function can be undertaken remotely out Ireland, or even postponed, until this time as constraints ease.

We advise that anybody travelling to Ireland for work must take proof in the kind of a strong support letter from their company outlining the vital nature of this traveling. We also urge they take their job contract and employment license (if applicable), in addition to Covid evaluation documentation and standard travel documents (passport and visa).

These Regulations apply to everybody travelling to Ireland. The Regulations came into effect on midnight February 2021 and therefore are set up till 5 March 2021 but might be extended.

Covid evaluations

The Regulations provide that passengers to Ireland must offer proof they’ve been examined for Covid-19. It follows that any people travelling to Ireland might need to experience an RT-PCR evaluation no longer than 72 hours prior to traveling to Ireland and has to continue documentation confirming a negative outcome.


A man who’s quarantining may just leave their quarantine place for such period as is strictly required to undertake certain actions. These actions comprise:

emergency traveling to guard a individual’s health or wellbeing;
to acquire a Covid evaluation;
to go to an airport or port to depart the nation; and
for the purposes of carrying out necessary repair, maintenance, building or security assurance of infrastructure or services.
The duty to quarantine stops to use to travelers from most nations where they get a negative outcome from a Covid evaluation obtained five days or after following the date that they arrive in Ireland. But, there’s an increasing subset of travelers who have to finish the whole 14 days of quarantine with no choice to stop quarantining after another drawback Covid test.

Firms’ obligations

Particular duties exist for companies engaged with bringing individuals to Ireland. A Business needs to:

Notify the pertinent individuals of the responsibilities under the Regulations;
test when the people have experienced a negative Covid test outcome; and
refuse to organise or facilitate the travel of their people to Ireland where they haven’t, to the gratification of the business, demonstrated they have a negative Covid evaluation outcome.

We advise all companies to think about on a case by case basis whether it’s vital for employees to go to Ireland presently. When it’s, the company should advise the applicable travellers in regard to their own pre-travel Covid analyzing and quarantine obligations and supply them with a service letter to ease their birth.

New, more stringentregulations pertaining to traveling limitations are being mooted and companies should keep current with their legal duties. For additional advice or more info please contact the William Fry corporate and employment immigration group.