Last updated April 8th, 2020

A message from Ireland Chauffeur Travel

As we all face this unprecedented time together, the team at Ireland Chauffeur Travel send you our wishes for bright days ahead. We are all now working remotely, assisting our clients with changing plans and supporting our families and communities. We are also planning for the future, when we look forward to welcoming you back to Ireland.

Our lives here have been impacted greatly in these uncertain times. But one thing is certain: Our commitment and dedication to all our clients, who are all friends of Ireland Chauffeur Travel.

The trusting relationships we build with our clients has always been a top priority for us and it continues to be as we all deal with the disruption to our lives by Covid-19. We have amended our postponement and cancellation policy in response to this global situation – please see here for our updated Terms and Conditions – and our Travel Advisors are in contact with clients about future travel plans to assist with any changes required.

All of our team is here (from their homes in Tipperary and Cork!) to assist you in any way we can and we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as the current situation unfolds and changes daily.

We will continue to follow all advice from global health authorities and our Government – the health and safety of our staff and clients is our priority at this time.

As the great Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote: “If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.”

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Emerald Isle in the future. Until then, slán go fóill (stay safe and take care).

Shane (Founder & MD) and all the team

The team are always available by email, on +353 62 67051, or Toll Free from the USA on 1800 329 9138 using the following extension numbers: Michelle 100; Joe 101; Alison 105; Alma 106; Shane 107.

 

What’s happening in Ireland?

Ireland has a comprehensive Public Health and Emergency Plan to respond to public health issues, including Covid-19, in line with all advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The following measures came into effect on March 13, 2020, until April 19, 2020, in Ireland:

  • Schools, colleges, and childcare facilities are closed;
  • Indoor and outdoor mass gatherings are canceled;
  • State-run cultural institutions and main tourism sites are closed;
  • Pubs and bars have been asked to close during this period;
  • All non-essential retail outlets are closed.

European Union leaders agreed on March 17 to close Europe’s external borders. The travel restrictions are temporary and aim to reduce most non-essential travel from other countries into the EU. The new rules do not currently apply to Ireland.

In an address to the nation on St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar reassured the public that “when we are through the worst, we will get people back to work and businesses open again”.

“I send a message of friendship and hope from Ireland to everyone around the world,” he said.

We will keep this page updated with all  further developments.

 

Travel between the USA and Ireland

As of March 15, 2020, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US recommends that travellers avoid all non-essential travel to Ireland.

More information on Covid-19 travel advisory alerts can be found here.

If you are concerned about any future travel plans with us, please contact your Travel Advisor who will be happy to discuss all options for your planned trip. Please call us Toll Free from the USA on 1800 329 9138 using the extension numbers listed below.

Preventative Measures

Even though the virus is not a serious a threat to the vast majority of the world population, it’s still recommended to be cautious and take general preventative measures.

  • Wash hands regularly with soap
  • Avoid personal contact such as handshakes
  • Use disinfectant frequently, especially if you’re around people who are sick
  • Stay away from farms and other places where there may be livestock
  • Cook animal products such as eggs and meat thoroughly, and purchase from reputable sellers
  • N95 respirator masks worn correctly can be recommended, though their overall effectiveness is somewhat debated in the medical community. Paper masks however do very little to prevent contracting coronavirus.

For Further Information

For more information on the global situation, we advise visiting the following websites:

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The World Health Organisation
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre

If you have any concerns about your future trip, please contact your Travel Advisor who will be happy to discuss all options. Call us Toll Free from the USA on 1800 329 9138 using the following extension numbers:

  • Michelle: 100
  • Joe: 101
  • Alison: 105
  • Alma: 106
  • Shane: 107

The health and safety of our clients are staff is our top priority. If you are immunocompromised, feeling unwell or reporting flu-like symptoms, please seek medical advice before any travel.