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Irish Gap Year Covid-19 Travel Requirements and Safety Protocols: Updated January 2022

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

Yes, Irish Gap Year has successfully hosted over 100 gap year students on our Adventure & Leadership and Irish Arts & Culture programs since the Spring of 2020. 

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 Spring ’22? 

Yes, we are running both our Irish Arts & Culture program and Adventure & Leadership program starting in March 2022 and our European Explorer Program starting in May of ’22. 


Are your program participants all fully vaccinated?  

Yes, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated and have had a boosted shot within 6 months of their programs start date.  

Traveling to Ireland

Persons travelling to Ireland from North America and Europe do not face any travel restrictions, but must comply with the following health and safety regulations: (1) Provide evidence of full vaccination against Covid-19. (2) Produce a negative PCR test result, time stamped no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival Ireland. (3) Complete on on-line passenger locator form providing your address in Ireland.

Irish Gap Year will communicate the travel requirements to all on-boarded students and their families in the months prior to our program start dates and keep families informed of any changes to the travel requirements for Ireland.     

If you are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 you ARE NOT REQUIRED TO 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 on the restricted movement period.  

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

No, there is no travel ban to Ireland in place. We will keep all of our gappers and their families up to date on any travel restrictions that come into place in the coming months. 

There are travel restrictions in place to some European Countries, but none that make running our European Program untenable during the spring of 2022.


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 December, 2021