COVID-19 and Planning Your Irish Gap Year 


Did Irish Gap Year run programs in the Fall of 2020?

Yes, Irish Gap Year successfully completed our Adventure & Leadership and Arts & Culture programs in Fall 2020. The programs ran from the beginning of September to the end of November for 12 weeks. The last 5 weeks of the Fall programming was in level 5 lockdown which restricted the amount and location of our away trips around Ireland. However, we were able to deliver all the other elements of both programs successfully.    

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 2021? 

Yes, we are running both our Irish Arts & Culture Program and Adventure & Leadership Programs starting March of 2021. We are also running our Adventure & Leadership and our Arts & Culture Immersion programs starting in May 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 on arrival to the Program?

No - If the country you are traveling from is one of 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 to restrict your movement for 7 days. This is not the same as isolation and daily outdoor exercise (hikes, walks, surfing etc.) will be facilitated by Irish Gap Year. Please note isolation is only 7 days based on a negative result on day 5 from a COVID-19 PCR test. This test will be facilitated by Irish Gap Year. In the absence of a test on day 6 (result day 7) students will have to do the full 14 days isolation.

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 the restrictions outlined above.

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.


Download your Covid documents here by clicking this link.