Covid Response

Unprecedented efforts are under way to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland and Dublin Convention Bureau, alongside Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s National Tourism Development Authority are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation.

For all the latest updates, statistics and safety measures that are currently in place in Ireland click here:

Ireland and the Coronavirus: an update

In September 2020, the Government launched the “Living with COVID-19 Medium-Term Plan“, a five-level roadmap designed to help control the spread of COVID-19. Fáilte Ireland (our National Tourism Development Authority) regularly updates a series of Operational Guidelines to reflect the Government’s Public Health advice as part of the Plan; these can be viewed on the COVID-19 Business Supports Hub.

On 19 October 2020, the Government announced that Ireland would move to Level 5 for a period of six weeks until 1 December. These measures — which may be extended beyond 1 December should the Government deem it necessary — were introduced to help curb rising numbers of cases of the virus in Ireland, and to protect all who reside here.

Key measures in place, as of midnight on 21 October 2020, are as follows:

  • Ireland is now at Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19
  • All Irish residents have been asked to stay at home (with certain exceptions)
  • No organised indoor or outdoor gatherings can take place
  • Bars, cafes and restaurants (including hotel restaurants and bars) are open for take away or delivery only
  • Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs remain open, but only to support provision of essential services
  • Only essential retail, including food shopping, and essential services remain open
  • Public transport will operate at 25% capacity for the purposes of allowing those providing essential services to get to work. Face coverings must be worn

As the National Tourism Development Authority, our top priority is supporting Ireland’s business tourism industry to survive, re-open and recover from the catastrophic impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. This crisis is affecting business tourism in every corner of the world and the road ahead is uncertain.

Our other concern is the provision of up-to-date information to business event planners around the world, so that they have the full picture of Ireland’s progress in the fight against the virus. We will provide you with Ireland’s step-by-step public health actions to protect people and businesses, so that you can make decisions about where to travel in future years with full confidence.

Ireland’s approach has been and will remain one of safety first, with public welfare the number one priority of the tourism industry and Government.

For official advice and news on Ireland and COVID-19, visit Gov.ie, the central government information portal. For advice on staying safe during the health crisis and to find out more about the services available in Ireland, please visit Ireland’s Health Service Executive.

Latest figures as of October 2020

  • There have now been 65,394 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Safety Charter

Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, has launched a new COVID-19 Safety Charter designed to promote the new and robust safety measures undertaken by tourism businesses around Ireland and instil public confidence in the safety of these premises when they are allowed to re-open. The Charter highlights Ireland’s focus on public health and confirms to event planners and visitors that businesses have committed to adhering to the correct safety measures and hygiene protocols.

Air access for international visitors

All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Formbefore entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page.

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland (apart from those coming from Northern Ireland or a country on Ireland’s Green List) to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. (Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.)

Ireland will start implementing the European Union’s traffic light system for non-essential EU travellers such as tourists from 8 November.

Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, has outlined important new measures and travel tips which will be in place to ensure passengers health safety when travelling to Ireland from abroad. These include enhanced air cleaning system on all aircrafts, air filtration technology and mandatory face coverings.

Stay up-to-date with the latest travel guidelines from the HSE and access the latest travel guidelines from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Destination Ireland support

Fáilte Ireland is in the process of developing specific guidelines for the business tourism industry.

During these times, Fáilte Ireland is offering financial support to help you bring delegates to Ireland when it is safe to do so. Find out more about the supports available for corporate meetings, incentive programmes and association conferences or book a one-on-one chat with a Meet in Ireland team member by filling out our contact form.

Fáilte Ireland’s MICE Supports Guidelines Covid-19 Response Scheme

Fáilte Ireland have made the following temporary amendments to the current Guidelines for MICE supports to help key decision makers choose Ireland to host their next international business event: 

  • An additional €1,000 will be made available to support the costs of hosting a virtual site inspection. 
  • An increase in Programme Enhancement funding to a flat fee of €30 per international delegate up to a maximum of €100,000 per event. *Participative Sporting Events are not eligible. 
  • 50% of the Programme Enhancement funding will be available for drawndown one year prior to the event taking place, once the event is confirmed for Ireland. 
  • Penalties will only apply should the event deliver less than 50% of the number of international delegates proposed in the funding application.

FUNDING AMOUNTS AVAILABLE 

Bid Support 

  • Fáilte Ireland will continue to support costs related to bidding for international Association events. Costs incurred to deliver a virtual bid will now also be eligible. 

Site Inspection Funding 

  • Fáilte Ireland will continue to support Site Inspections. Costs incurred to deliver virtual site inspections will now also be eligible. An additional €1,000 has been added to support any development costs for virtual activity. Support will be available for one virtual site inspection and one in-person site inspection. Funding for the virtual site inspection will be paid on costs incurred and on submission of the claim as per letter of offer. Please specify in the application form the year the virtual and the in-person site inspection are due to take place, if known. Funding is based on the number of international delegates attending the event. Site inspection thresholds apply as per table below: 
 International Delegate Numbers  In person Site Inspection 

Amount € 

Virtual Site Inspection 

Amount € 

50 – 499 2,000 1,000
500 – 699 3,000 1,000
700 – 999 4,000 1,000
1,000 – 2,999 5,000 1,000
3,000+ 6,000 1,000

Virtual Dublin

We have been working on different elements to help bring Dublin to life for you and your clients. We have a wide range of resources to help you plan your next event in Dublin.

Virtual Dublin

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