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Updated Travel Advice on the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has been named COVID­-19. The novel strand of Coronavirus that originated in Hubei Province, China, has spread to some other Chinese provinces and other countries around the world.
Anyone who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, or who has been to mainland China in the last 14 days, is advised to contact HSE Live (1850 24 1850,  If you are unwell with cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our Embassy in Beijing are monitoring the situation closely, and are in ongoing contact with the Chinese authorities, the World Health Organisation and other relevant international and domestic partners.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade regularly updates its travel advice for over 200 countries and we would encourage our citizens to read this information carefully before they travel. 


Our Security Status rating for China is currently Avoid All Non-essential Travel, and not to travel to the Province of Hubei.

You can read our full advice here. You can download the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Travel Wise App which helps Irish citizens to stay safe and informed while travelling:

We advise all Irish citizens when travelling abroad to remain vigilant and follow the instructions and advice from the local authorities.

In addition, we would encourage you to register your contact details on Citizens’ Registration, which allows us to contact you and provide assistance in the event of an unforeseen crisis or family emergency while you are overseas:

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we also advise that you visit the following websites for further details.