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COVID-19 and Planning Your Irish Gap Year Program


Has Irish Gap Year run programs during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Yes, Irish Gap Year has successfully hosted over 65 gap year students, completing five cohorts of our Adventure & Leadership and Irish Arts & Culture programs since the Spring of 2020. The programs ran from the beginning of September 2020 to the end of November 2020 for 12 weeks and this spring from early March to mid-May 2021.

In December 2020, Irish Gap Year was awarded the Gap Year Association’s award for ‘Innovation in Gap Year Programming’ for our successful programming during Covid-19. 

Refundable Fees/Deposits

In light of the current uncertainty we have updated our payment and refund policy. All deposits/fees on future programs are now fully refundable or transferable to another Irish Gap Year program should future programs be postponed due to ongoing Covid-19 issues. We hope that this will help to ease any worries families may have about booking future programs with Irish Gap Year.

Are Gap Year Programs running in Fall 2021? 

Yes, we are running both our Irish Arts & Culture program and Adventure & Leadership program starting in September of 2021. We currently have 42 students on our programs in Ireland.

Travel to Ireland from ‘Green List’ Countries 

If the country you are traveling from is on the ‘green list’ of safe countries, you will not have to quarantine on arrival to Ireland. However, you will have to restrict your movement for 5 days. Note that ‘restricted movement’ is not the same as ‘quarantine’. All aspects of the restricted movement period (housing, testing, food and activities) will be facilitated by Irish Gap Year. Please note that restricted movement is only 5 days based on a negative result on day 5 from a COVID-19 antigen/lateral flow test. 

Traveling to Ireland from ‘Red List’ Countries 

Persons from countries on the ‘red list’ can still travel to Ireland.

If you are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and are traveling from a ‘red-list’ country you ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HOTEL QUARANTINE. When you arrive to Ireland our team will meet you at Dublin Airport at a designated meeting area upon your arrival. You will be required to undergo a 5 day ‘restricted movement’ period upon arrival to Ireland followed by an antigen/lateral flow test on day 5. All aspects of the restricted movement period will be facilitated by Irish Gap Year and takes place during ‘program time’ (the first 5 days of your program). We encourage you to read our Covid-19 policy document at the bottom of this page for more detail. However, if you are arriving to Ireland from a ‘red list’ country and are not fully vaccinated, you may still join our program but you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel in Dublin for 10 days prior to the start date of your program. The hotel quarantine is facilitated and handled entirely by state officials, but we will help you to book your hotel and offer support to students who are required to quarantine. You can learn more about how the ‘Mandatory Hotel Quarantine’ is facilitated in our ‘Covid-19 protocols’ document provided at the bottom of this page. The ‘red list’ is reviewed every two weeks by the Irish Government.  

Is there a travel ban in place between the US and Ireland/EU ?

No, there is no travel ban in place. However, there are restrictions as outlined above.

What happens if the US is on the ‘Green List’ when I book my flight but not when it comes to time to travel?

The only ‘green list’ that matters is the current list at the time of travel. If your country of origin is not on the ‘green list’ the day you depart then you will be subject to the restrictions outlined above. We will work with families on a case-by-case basis to ensure that our students arrival into Ireland goes smoothly and that any government requirements for persons arriving to Ireland are adhered to. 

What happens if I (or a member of my cohort) test positive for Covid-19 during the program? 

Please see our infographic here, that detail the steps that are to be taken should a student test positive for Covid-19 while on our programs. 

Last Updated September 2021