COVID-19 and Oideas Gael’s Course Programme

Thankfully, Ireland has successfully progressed through the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, Oideas Gael offered a full programme of in-person Gaeltacht courses. We will review our current policies and procedures in light of the most up-to-date public health guidance in early 2023.

This page offers further information that may be helpful as you make your plans. This information is based on the latest Government of Ireland health advice and is subject to alteration should the public health situation change. Regarding the current measures, we ask that you take note of the following:

  • Prevention is our best defence and all course participants are asked to take an antigen test on the day of, or on the day prior to, their travel. Anyone with a positive test or who has symptoms which might indicate COVID-19 should stay at home.
  • It is also recommended that participants test themselves over the course of their week-long stay as an ongoing preventative measure. Antigen tests are available to purchase at a reasonable price from An Siopa Gaeilge or you may bring your own.
  • Mask wearing in public spaces is no longer mandatory by law in Ireland. However, Oideas Gael strongly recommends that participants wear a face mask in indoor settings, particularly in the classroom, to reduce the risk of viral transmission.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 while attending a course, you will be required to comply with the Government of Ireland public health guidance in relation to isolation (please see the links on this page).

Travel to Ireland from abroad

Passengers travelling into Ireland are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or of a negative test for COVID-19. You are also no longer required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to entry. All extra travel measures put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have now come to an end. That said, we always recommend you read the latest Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice relating to your country of residence prior to travel (the link is available on this page).