Essential Travel Tips for the New Normal in 2022

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With restrictions finally lifted, and travel back at the forefront of our minds, many of us are planning a long-awaited holiday. For some, this ‘new normal’ might mean a return to their favourite French seaside town, windswept Canary Island, or perhaps even the Florida Keys – with the obligatory visit to Disney World, of course.

It’s hard to keep up with all the rules and regulations though, especially as they change regularly. In preparation for the upcoming summer months, An Post Insurance take a quick look at the most current advice for travelling abroad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DPA) advises that “Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. If you contract COVID-19 when abroad, you may face delays and additional costs before returning to Ireland”. 

Travelling outside of Ireland

Currently, travel requirements to Ireland have been lifted, but this may not be the case for other countries.  Some countries might still require proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result.

Travel advice for over 200 countries is available here. Travellers should check the rules and regulations for their destination before they travel and stay informed by regularly revisiting the relevant sites during their holiday.

Travelling to EU Countries

According to, EU rules changed from 1st February 2022. For those people travelling to EU countries that have the primary vaccination series, but not the booster, vaccine certificates will not be accepted for travel if more than 270 days have passed since the final vaccination was taken.  There are no such time limits for anyone with the booster certificate.

The DPA also recommends that if you are travelling within the EU you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in case you need medical assistance during your stay. Information on getting your EHIC can be found here

Travel Insurance

When looking for travel insurance, check out what cover is included regarding COVID-19.  There are a couple of key questions you should keep in mind. For example, are you covered for cancellation if you or someone travelling with you gets COVID-19 before you leave? Does the insurer include cover for accommodation should you get it during your holiday, meaning you have to stay longer than expected? 
Restrictions can change at any time, even in the middle of your holiday so you should make sure that you make alternative arrangements where possible in case you don’t get home when planned.

These days, travelling involves a little more preparation than before, between looking up regulations and downloading vaccine certificates or recent test results. But once you have your paperwork packed, your insurance in place, and your passport in hand, you can get on that plane with full peace of mind. That leaves you free to concentrate on making memories you’ll never forget – whether it’s strolling French vineyards, surfing the Spanish Coast, or taking that special photo with Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom.

Explore insurance offered by An Post Insurance – from car insurance to home insurance. Whether you enjoy chilling on a beach or skiing on the slopes, as a solo traveller or with your family, An Post Insurance has the right cover for you.

For information on An Post Insurance Covid-19 cover please click here.

All information is correct as at 28th March 2022

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