COVID-19 and Planning Your Irish Gap Year
The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), declared by the World Health Organisation as a “Global Pandemic” on the 11 March 2020, has impacted all our lives, livelihoods and immediate plans.This is a time of uncertainty, but it does not change young people’s desire to travel and learn more about themselves. At present many countries including Ireland have implemented a number of restrictions in order to contain and reduce the virus.
What and how these restrictions are implemented changes regularly in response to the decrease or increase in infection numbers. We will at all times keep you updated on what regulations are necessary to adhere to over the coming weeks and months. However, be assured that the team at Irish Gap Year are here ready to work with young people and their parents to fulfil their goals to become independent, resilient and confident people.
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 2020?
Yes, we are one of the only international gap year programs currently operating
Are Gap Year Programs running in Spring 2021?
Yes, we running both our Irish Arts & Culture Program and Adventure & Leadership Programs in Ireland in the Spring of 2021.
Travel from the US to Ireland (Green List)
Persons travelling from countries on the Green List will now not have to undergo any form of restricted movement upon entering the country. The Green List will be updated and amended every 2 weeks by the Irish Government.
The Green List is initially drafted by officials in the European Union and then given to each member country including Ireland. Each member Government can then adopt the list or make changes to it.
Persons from countries not on the Green List can still travel to Ireland but will have to restrict their movements for 14 days.
Will I have to restrict my movements for two weeks on arrival to the Program?
No - If the country you are traveling from is on the Green list countries you will not have to isolate
Yes – If the country you are traveling from is not on the Green list of safe countries you will have restrict your movement for 14 days. This is not the same as isolation and dailly outdoor excercise (hikes, walks, surfing etc.) will be facilitated by Irish Gap Year.
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 in place.
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 a 14 day restricted movement period on arrival.
What happens if I (or a member of my cohort) tests positive for Covid-19 during the program?
Please see our infographic here that details the steps that are taken should a student test positive for Covid-19 while on program.