Ireland is Reopen for Travel in 2021!

All you need to know about travel in Ireland in 2021...

Little Gem Tours

Statement regarding the Reopening of Ireland & COVID 19


Ireland is Reopening to International Visitors from the 19th July 2021!

We here at Little Gem would like to thank all of our guests and those who have contacted us during these extraordinary times. As we begin to reopen here in Ireland we are looking forward to welcoming all of our guests back to our shores.


The Irish government has announcement a roadmap for reopening Ireland to international visitors and a key date is the 19th July 2021. This is when an EU Green Cert for travel will be introduced. Along with this guests from outside the EU who have been vaccinated will also be welcome to Ireland without a period of quarantine.


As we begin to restart our tours we will adhere to the guidelines of our Health Department and Government to manage our family business and to approach the situation in the best way possible for all involved. 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all again enjoying Ireland off the beaten path & away from the crowds!!


Robbie McGrane & Maggie Dooney - Owners - Little Gem Tours

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The Covid-19 Safety Charter for Tourism Ireland


We are delighted to announce that we have successfully signed up to the Covid-19 Safety Charter Ireland. This means that we agree to follow the recommended cleaning and safety guidelines laid out by the Irish heath service. All our staff have completed the hygiene and safety control training and we are subject to being spot checked by health officials.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Ireland Travel & COVID-19

When can I visit/travel Ireland again?

We are delighted to be able to say that international visitors are welcome from the 19th July 2021 !

See below the fine details....


Can I travel to Ireland in 2021 if I am from Europe?

Yes ! From 19 July EU vistors are welcome to Ireland subject to the prevailing public health situation. Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA.

A DCC will show if a passenger:

- is vaccinated against COVID-19;
- has recovered from COVID-19; or
- has a negative test result

Passengers arriving into Ireland with a DCC will not have to undergo quarantine.

However, passengers with a DCC based on a non-PCR test (for example, antigen), or those arriving without a DCC, will require proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Children aged between 7 and 18 who have not been vaccinated must also have a negative PCR test.

A passenger who has been in a non-EU/EEA country in the 14 days prior to arrival into Ireland will be subject to the rules applying to that country (see below).

All passengers will be advised to observe public health restrictions and to present for post-arrival testing if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Can I travel to Ireland if I am from outside the EU ?

Yes from the 19th July international visitors will be welcome as per the following conditions:

- If the passenger has valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

- If passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:

present evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
undergo post-arrival testing - this will be provided through the HSE

* These conditions are subject to change based on the changing COVID situation and an Emergency Brake System is in place on countries if required.

What Vaccines Are Approved in the EU?

A full course of any one of the following vaccines:                                                 Regarded as vaccinated after:

2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®).                                                        7 days

2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®).                                                                    14 days

2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield).    15 days

1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)          14 Days

For guests arriving to Ireland from the USA, Canada and elsewhere outside the EU, only official Covid-19 vaccination records showing the correct dose of the above vaccines will gain you entry to Ireland.

Can I travel to Northern Ireland if I am from outside the EU ?

Yes from the 19th July international visitors will be welcome as per the following conditions:

- If the passenger has valid proof of vaccination no quarantine will be necessary.

However in the case of Northern Ireland currently you must still:
- provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
- book and pay for a day two COVID-19 PCR test
- complete a UK passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure


Can I organise to get tested in Ireland ?


Yes. Antigen and PCR tests are readily available and we can help you get these during your tour if necessary.


How will Covid Impact our travels in Ireland in 2021 ?

Ireland is reopening to international visitors from 19th July 2021. There will be some changes put in place on the island as per many jurisdictions tackling the COVID crisis. Below are some changes that guests may encounter travelling Ireland in 2021.

Rest assured that the Little Gem private tour team will do our upmost to ensure a smooth and stress free travel experience in Ireland!! 

  • Proof of Vaccination will be required to tour with Little Gem Tours.

  • Due to the implementation of social distancing guidelines activity entrance wait times may increase. 

  • Most activities will be open however there will be some activities which will decide not to reopen in 2021. This will be clarified with all of our guests prior to arrival.

  • Wearing of masks is currently mandatory in all indoor settings in Ireland.

  • Hand sanitising will be encouraged during the course of your tour and a thorough cleaning regime will be implemented by Little Gem Tours as per the COVID Safety Charter.

  • Limitations on the length of time permitted for eating indoors may exist at the time of travel in 2021.

  • Groups of 6 people maximum are currently permitted to dine/drink together at one table.

  • Social distancing measures remain in place in all public places in Ireland

  • Currently live music is prohibited therefore live entertainment in pubs is currently not available.

Up to date Information:

We also recommend that you follow the following websites for up to date information in Ireland.

Official Irish Government Coronavirus Website

Official HSE (Irish Health Service) Coronavirus Website

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.


Little Gem Tours COVID-19 Peace of Mind Policy for Travel in 2021 - Updated 3rd June 2021

Due to the ongoing current COVID-19 crisis we have relaxed our cancellation policy to try to alleviate concerns regarding travel in 2021. We now allow a refund of 90% of payment up to 30 days before the scheduled tour date in 2021. We also allow a free change of dates due to disruption from COVID-19 up to 30 days before your tour date.

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