COVID-19 | Information

 

Current Travel Advice - Updated May 28th 2021

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the gov.ie website.

Adaption of EU Digital Covid Certificate

Ireland’s adoption of the EU’s new Digital Covid Certificate, which will enable more seamless travel among EU member states, is welcome news for the aviation, tourism and hospitality industry. Ireland will begin the scheme on 19th July, meaning that travellers to and from EU member states bearing the pass – which attests that the holder has either been vaccinated, has had a negative test for COVID-19 or has had the virus – will then be able to travel without the need for a test or quarantining. 

To be considered vaccinated under the EU Digital Covid Certificate system, people will need to have received all necessary vaccine doses. Although there are also provisions under the EU system to permit people who have recovered from Covid-19 or received a negative test to travel. 

It is a legal requirement that all travellers to Ireland must have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival to Ireland.

In addition, it is also a legal requirement that those from non-designated countries also observe 14 days of Home Quarantine. This 14 Day period of Home Quarantine can only be shortened if you receive a not-detected RT-PCR test result taken no less than five days after arrival.   

Testing is free when arranged through the Health Service Executive. Information on free post travel testing is available at www.hse.ie

Due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, people travelling from Great Britain are strongly advised to avail of free testing five days after arrival in Ireland, and to strictly adhere to the legal requirements for home quarantine.

Resumption of flights at Ireland West Airport

Scheduled flights to and from Liverpool, London Luton and London Stansted will resume on June 18th with Ryanair. Passengers traveling are advised to be aware of the guidelines and protocols for traveling to and from Ireland up until July 19th - you can find out more information by clicking on the link Government advice for International Travel 

COVID-19 Protocols at Ireland West Airport

At Ireland West Airport your wellbeing is our number one priority. We understand that air travel in this current coronavirus (COVID-19) world is a new experience for everybody. It is our priority to ensure that all our staff and passengers keep healthy and safe.

Ireland West Airport is following Ireland's public health advice in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is more information on COVID-19 here

We have introduced a range of new measures, which reflect both Ireland’s national COVID-19 guidelines, and the recent guidelines developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), to ensure the safe return of flight operations in Europe’s aviation sector.

When you travel through the airport we encourage the public to adhere to the following protocols to ensure we protect each other and ensure the journey through Ireland West Airport continues to be a safe and pleasant one. See video above for more details.

New COVID-19 Protocols

  • Follow the air carrier advice concerning the expected duration of time required to be at the airport before your flight
  • Do not come to the airport if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell
  • Only those with a confirmed flight booking should enter the airport terminal building, anyone not flying should not enter the check-in, departure or arrival areas at the airport. This advice is in line with the current EASA guidelines. Exceptions will be allowed for persons accompanying persons with reduced mobility, unaccompanied minors, etc
  • Wear a face covering/mask throughout your journey through the airport to protect yourself and your fellow passengers. Passengers should bring their own face mask but if you forget to do so, masks will be available for purchase at the airport. Children under the age of 13 will not be asked to wear face masks and passengers who have a valid medical reason for not wearing a face mask will also be exempt
  • Where possible use On-Line Check-In and Electronic Boarding Passes
  • Practice physical distancing where possible in line with national guidelines
  • Keep your hands clean on the go by using hand sanitiser at the numerous hand sanitiser stations at the airport
  • Please use contactless card to pay for goods and services at the airport where possible
  • Passengers are recommended to pre-book car parking online in advance. Contactless pay machines and entry columns are available at both entry and exit to the car park. Customers who have not booked online in advance, can also use a contactless tap facility or insert their card upon arrival to the airport’s car park
  • At all times, adhere to respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, and avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and mouth

There are a number of differences you will see when you travel through the airport which are there to ensure your safety and allow you to continue with your journey. 

  • Hand Sanitiser stations will be available at a number of locations throughout the airport
  • All our passenger facing staff working at the airport will be wearing face masks
  • You will see protective screens in place at many places including check-in, Information Desk, and retail and catering outlets. This is to protect both you and those working at Ireland West Airport 
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes are in place throughout the terminal with increased disinfecting of regular touch points such as hand rails and buttons.
  • Signage and floor stickers are in place to remind passengers to maintain physical distancing and respect others around them as they travel through the airport
  • In-terminal announcements detailing the guidelines for physical distancing and good hygiene practices from Ireland’s Department of Health are being broadcast at frequent intervals
  • Dedicated support staff will be available in the terminal to provide guidance to passengers on the measures that are in place.
  • In some areas of the airport, one-way flows will be in place.

We all have a responsibility to look after our own personal hygiene. Passengers are reminded of the importance of regular hand hygiene, and to act in a responsible manner and follow the guidelines in place to ensure the journey through the airport continues to be a safe and pleasant one.

Thank you for your support in keeping each other safe whilst travelling through Ireland West Airport.