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Traveling to Ireland in 2023: 4 Things to Keep in Mind

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Are you thinking of traveling to Ireland in 2023?

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For those anxious to travel again, it’s important to realize that travel is more accessible these days due to the ongoing vaccination initiatives in various parts of the world.

However, with Covid cases rising yet again, it's best to be prepared before you travel to Ireland or anywhere in fact.

In March 2022, the Irish government lifted all restrictions on travelers entering the country, meaning that you do not need to present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative PCR test upon arrival in Ireland.

1. Bring Your Vaccination Record With You

While Covid restrictions have been lifted to gain entry into Ireland, it's a good idea to bring your vaccination card with you.

If you are a resident of New York State, your results can also be accessed on that state's Covid-19 app.

Photo: Pandpstock001 for Getty Images.

Like the EU digital certificate, a QR verifies each person’s health data.

  1. Check Attractions Online Before Leaving Home

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Since Covid-19 upended the travel industry worldwide, the current guidebook that you may have may not be completely accurate. I suggest getting the latest Lonely Planet guide so you are up-to-date on what's available in Ireland.

Many travel companies, including attractions, have sadly gone out of business because they just couldn’t survive the downturn.

a small cottage traveling to Ireland in 2021
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Since the larger travel companies will have been able to survive the downturn, there are many small tourist enterprises throughout Ireland that will need your support.

The Mercedes V-Class 8 seat minivan that Donegal Tour Guide Henry Doohan takes his guests in on a tour of the county Photo: Donegal Tour Guide.

Some of those include independent tour guides, chauffeur services, smaller hotels and B&Bs, food trucks, restaurants, walking/hiking guides, and others.

There’s nothing better than walking down a street and seeing restaurants and shops brimming with people.

So, when you do visit Ireland, don’t forget the smaller enterprises that have struggled over the past two years.


  1. Make Flexible Booking Arrangements and Keep an Eye on Deals

Most airlines and hotels have updated their change and cancellation policies since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, which is good to know when booking airfares or accommodation in Ireland.

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Searching for flexible accommodation is one thing to do if traveling to Ireland in 2021. Photo: Prykhodov for Getty Images Pro

When making a new booking, make sure that the flexible cancellation policy of the airline you are taking is still in place. Nine out of 10 times it will be, but it’s always best to check.

It is wise to keep an eye on special airfare deals or vacation packages that might be cheaper than usual.

The deals may not last long, however, as travel picks up speed in 2023.

Put an app like Hopper or Google Flights on your mobile phone and monitor the deals from there.

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  1. Be an Ethical Tourist

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to make people aware of ethical travel, but it’s a good reminder as we make attempts to resume normal travel again.

a rocky island in the sea traveling to Ireland in 2021
Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the attractions in Ireland that relies on tourists to be ethically and sustainably aware. Photo: MN Studio.

Minimizing the negative impact of travel on communities and their environments just makes sense, so as you visit places in Ireland and indeed anywhere else in your country or around the world, it’s important to do the right thing.

Some of the ways you can do this include supporting local businesses, as mentioned above, dining in restaurants that offer organic menus (if they seem expensive, opt for their early bird specials), leaving no trace behind in forested areas and anywhere else for that matter, and being respectful of the local wildlife.

Read More: 5 Sustainable Experiences in Ireland to Enjoy

people walking near a cliff traveling to Ireland in 2021
The Cliffs of Moher coastal walk is an activity you may want to do if you are traveling to Ireland in 2021. Photo: Dimitry Anikin, Pexels.

In areas that are especially popular, like the Cliffs of Moher in Clare, the Giant's Causeway in Antrim, the Loop Head Peninsula, also in County Clare, the Cavan Burren, and a variety of important heritage sites across Ireland that generally see large amounts of tourists, it’s important that everyone does their part to keep these places pristine for future tourists.

Are you thinking of traveling to Ireland in 2023? Let me know in the comments below.


Colette is a County Sligo native who created Ireland on a Budget to provide her readers with money-saving tips on how to get to Ireland and then save even more when they're there. She's a professional copywriter who lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.

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  1. Kirsten Schierman

    Traveling to Dublin for five days July 2023; my husband and I and my sister, plus our three children (18,18,23). It is on the tail end of our trip, first comes England and a cruise to the Norwegian fjords for a week. I would love to sign up for your newsletter! We have no particular agenda in Ireland, just want to see beautiful sites and see where our ancestors came from. I am sure we will be tired, so day trips for two of our days sounds magnificent. One of the days my sons want to get matching “brother tattoos,” and another we have booked Silverworks ring making class in the evening. Open to all besides that! Thank you.

    1. colette

      Kirsten, I’ll reach out to you via email.

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