Travel Advice

Given the rapidly evolving nature of Covid-19 and the international response to the outbreak and containment of the pandemic, restrictions have been put in place in various countries all over the world. 

 

It is important to note that local government measures and guidelines established at each individual country have been put in place to protect travellers through various sanitary and social distancing measures.  These measures may have an impact on your transfers, hotel stays, airport check-ins and the like. It is important to read the following details about some of the most common measures, and how to check which measures are in place below before you travel. This advice may be constantly updated as the situation develops, so please consult before you travel.

Restrictions and Entry Requirements

Some countries may require you to produce a Health Certificate which confirms that you have tested negative, others may require arriving passengers to take a test at the airport and many locations require face masks and other precautions are taken. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct and up to date information and papers, prior to departure. The following link will assist you and provides information on guidelines on restrictions and entry requirements for all countries: https://www.iata.org/en/publications/travel-documention/

Documentation for Green List Destinations

 

Greece - Passenger Locator Form to be filled out here

Italy - Self Declaration Form to be filled out here (pdf)

If entering Cyprus visit this site

If entering Germany fill out this form

If entering Lavia answer this questionnaire.

If entering Lithuania fill out this form.

If entering Poland fill out this form.


This list is not exhaustive - it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct and up to date information and papers, prior to departure. For the latest, up to date advice on documentation and travel restrictions, please check the DFA website before travelling.

Facilities in-resort

Please note that there is a possibility that not all facilities and services will be available as usual at your resort or holiday destination. Cassidy Travel, our partners and agents, cannot accept liability relating to lack of facilities and services due to these extraordinary circumstances.

Accommodation Check In

Accommodation and property check-in procedures may have changed, guests may be required to check-in at the property in advance of travel. We will do our best to provide information prior to travel as and when this becomes available to us.

Travel Insurance

We advise all travellers to obtain Travel Insurance prior to your departure. It is extremely important that you check with your travel insurance provider that you will be covered for Covid-19.

Terms and Condition of Booking

Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure and Cassidy Travel cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to Covid-19 during your trip. By booking with us you acknowledge and agree that you accept these inherent risks associated with a part of your travel. It is important to read and understand our terms and conditions of booking and rest assured we will provide you with our best attention at all times.

Airline Safety Measures

When beginning to think about travelling again, many of us have concerns about getting on an airplane for the first time again. This is why airlines are putting measures in place to ensure passenger safety and help to prevent further spread of COVID-19.


Read about the measures they are putting in place here.

Safety Measures in Top European Sun Destinations

Europe's top holiday destinations are putting in a range of measures to reassure future holidaymakers who may have concerns about travelling again and to ensure your safety for the duration of your trip whenever it can go ahead.


We have gathered together advice for some of the top European sun destinations which you can read here.

What Cruise Companies Are Doing to Make it Safe to Travel

While the sector has been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic, most industry-leading cruise company affirmed their commitment to passenger safety early on by undertaking voluntary suspensions of operation. Most cruises have been cancelled up until mid-September and into October, but now cruise providers are planning for the future and putting measures in place to keep you safe.


For information on what our major cruise providers are doing to keep passengers safe and healthy while at sail, see here.

At the Airport: New Safety Measures

The airport is our first port of call when travelling. Some of us find it exciting, some of us find it stressful, but all are going to find their airport experience a little bit different for the foreseeable future. This is because airports in Ireland (and around the world) are changing things to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Cork Airport and Knock Airport have all released information on the extensive measures they are putting in place to make travel safe for passengers.


We have summarised the new measures here and gathered together relevant links in more detail here.

What Theme Parks Are Doing to Keep Visitors Safe

Theme park holidays are a popular option for many holidaymakers. Theme parks all across the world closed at an early point in the COVID-19 pandemic and have recently begun reopenings with new safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


Each of our most popular theme park destinations has released information on what measures they have put in place. While they may differ, all include face masks, hand sanitisation, physical distancing, changes to queueing and check in processes, reduced capacity and changes to entertainment schedules.


We have summarised the new measures that our most popular theme parks are putting in place here.

What is the 'Traffic Light System'

Ireland has joined the EU-wide Traffic Light System, replacing the previous Ireland-only Travel Green List. Throughout the pandemic, each European country has had its own rules around travel and entry requirements which has led to a lot of confusion and made it difficult to keep track of requirements and restrictions. The goal of the Traffic Light System is to unify all the member states and allow for travel again.


On a weekly basis, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will publish a map of EU member states, which each country mapped according to its place on the traffic light system – green, orange, red and grey. Here’s what each of those means in terms of the incidence rate and test positivity rate.

  • Green: If the 14-day notification rate is lower than 25 and the test positivity rate below 4%
  • Orange: If the 14-day notification rate is lower than 50 but the test positivity rate is 4% or higher. Or, if the 14-day notification rate is between 25 and150 and the test positivity rate is below 4%
  • Red: If the 14-day notification rate is 50 or higher and the test positivity rate is 4% or higher. Or, if the 14-day notification rate is higher than 150
  • Grey: If there is insufficient information or if the testing rate is lower than 300

A country’s status as green, orange, red or grey will be decided based on a few key data points that each member state will have to provide each week:

  • The number of new cases per 100,000 population in the previous 14 days (incidence rate)
  • The number of tests per 100,000 population carried out in the previous 7 days (testing rate)
  • The % of those tests with positive result carried out in the previous 7 days (test positivity rate)

If you are arriving from a Green status country, you will not have to restrict your movements with a 14 day quarantine upon arrival or any other restrictions.


If you are arriving from an Orange status country, you can avoid having to restrict your movements with a 14 day quarantine upon arrival or any other restrictions if you can provide a negative coronavirus test result no earlier than 3 days prior to departure.


If you are arriving from a Red status country, you would be required to restrict your movements for 14 days upon arrival.


Before you travel anywhere, you should seek out the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) here.


We also recommend reading useful information from the World Health Organisation here and visiting the websites of the airlines you intend to travel with.


You can find up to date travel advice from the HSE here.

Entry Requirements and Documentation

Many countries are beginning to let holidaymakers to visit again with consideration to current restrictions. When travelling you will have to provide certain travel documents. These may include forms with contact information, Passenger Locator Forms and Health Declaration forms, and entry requirements vary from country to country.

 

We make every effort to keep our travel advice up to date, the below may not represent an exhaustive list of entry requirements at your particular time of travel.

 

Popular Destinations

 

Greece - Passenger Locator Form to be filled out here

Italy - Self Declaration Form to be filled out here (pdf)

If entering Cyprus visit this site

If entering Germany fill out this form

If entering Lavia answer this questionnaire.

If entering Lithuania fill out this form.

If entering Poland fill out this form.

 

 

Ryanair has put together a more comprehensive list of Entry Requirements for its destinations here.

For information on rescheduling existing bookings and for answers to our customers' most common questions about how Covid-19 affect travel plans, click here.

We have collated advice from government agencies and insurance partners below with a focus on our most popular destinations. For advice on travel to destinations not featured below, or for the latest information as this situation unfolds, contact your airline/insurance company directly, your own embassy and the embassy of the country you intend to visit, or consult the websites below:

 

Please see relevant authorities for the most up to date advice on this continuously developing situation.

Advice from the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Travel Advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

Latest Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO)