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From Monday July 19th 2021 International travel has reopened. Please note that all travel is subject to COVID-19 Travel Advisory.

Find out more: General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation


From Monday July 19th 2021 International travel has reopened.
Please note that all travel is subject to COVID-19 Travel Advisory.

  • This means it will be possible to travel to Ireland from countries within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland with no requirement to quarantine if you have proof of being fully vaccinated, having recovered from Covid-19 or have had a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Passengers arriving from the UK and US will also no longer have to self-isolate on arrival if they have valid proof of vaccination or that they have recovered from Covid-19.
  • From July 12th 2021, a passenger locater form must be filled out online by anyone travelling to the island. Here are the details.
  • However, the public health advice is that if you are not vaccinated, you should avoid high-risk activities including international travel.
  • Full updated information is available from the Government of Ireland website and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

By Air

Getting to Donegal has never been easier. Dublin, Belfast City and Belfast International Airports are less than 3 hours and 2 hours drive respectively. Donegal Airport is located in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and the regional airports of City of Derry and Ireland West Airport are within 30 minutes and 2 hours drive also.


By Sea

Donegal is serviced by first-class Ferry connections to Belfast and Larne with Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. New, high-speed vessels, enhanced on-board amenities, entertainment and shopping make the car ferry a very attractive way to go.

There are also ferry services available from Wales via Dublin’s two ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Connections to France are serviced by Corck and Rosslare Ports.


By Car

Donegal is linked to the major cities of Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Sligo and Galway by Motorway and excellent road infrastructure.

Travelling to Ireland from the UK – Brexit.
Visiting Ireland on a UK licence: 
UK visitors to Ireland are not affected, there is no reason that you will not be able to drive in Ireland with your existing driving licence. You will not be required to carry an International Driving Permit with you in order to drive here, just ensure to carry your UK driving licence with you.
Motor Insurance and Green Cards (Proof of insurance):
Since 1 January 2021 a certificate called a ‘Green Card’ which is issued by your UK insurer, and proves that the vehicle is insured, will be required for vehicles from the UK, including Northern Ireland, being driven in Ireland or other EU Member States.

This means that since 1 January 2021, UK and Northern Ireland registered vehicles will require a Green Card for cross-border journeys on the island of Ireland.

A Green Card is a document that proves you have motor insurance cover when driving in another jurisdiction.
For up to date details please click here

Useful information on the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK is also available here

Travelling to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic:
Travel is severely restricted to Ireland currently – more details are available here

Donegal-Getting Here

By Bus

Get to Donegal direct from Dublin Airport with Expressway Routes 30 and X30, or to Letterkenny on Route 32. With free 4G WiFi, charging points, and reclining leather seats, you'll arrive well rested and fully-charged. There are also express buses serving the principal towns of Donegal from Dublin, Belfast, Derry and other major cities.

Route 30: Return service from Donegal Town to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route X30: Direct express return service from Donegal Town to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route 32: Return service from Letterkenny to Dublin City (via Dublin Airport)
Route 64: Return service from Derry to Galway (via Knock Airport) 

Local Bus services link towns and villages.

Local Ferry Services

> Follow the link HERE for more information


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