This page presents the law in force at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic (the date of the highest number of daily cases in each country according to Johns Hopkins University as of June). Legal restrictions on free movement are recorded. While not all restrictions are captured, we have sought to present those that go to the core of the right.

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The date of the highest number of daily cases in each country according to Johns Hopkins University

10 April 2020: 1500

COVID-19 related border restrictions

Generally same regulation as before, with COVID-19 related exceptions/specifications

Quarantine/self-isolation on arrival

All incoming travellers, with exceptions

14 days mandatory

Restrictions on internal free movement

Must stay at home, but with exceptions for necessary purposes such as grocery shopping, medical help etc

Only travel within a specified area (such as municipality of residence), with exceptions

Restrictions on outdoor gatherings

Only together with household, with exceptions

Sanctions for breaching restrictions on free movement?


More information

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus resource Centre

The  Health Act  2020  (Preservation  and  Protection  and  other  Emergency  Measures  in  the  Public Interest)  20 March 2020

S.I. No. 121/2020 - Health Act 1947 (Section 31A -Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) Regulations 2020

Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU –Fundamental Rights Implications, Country: Ireland Date: 4 May 2020

Gemma Williams (ed) Sara Burke, Sarah Barry, Steve Thomas (authors) Policy Responses Report Ireland, the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, The COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM)

Press release, Minister for Health Simon Harris signs regulations to give An Garda Síochána the power to enforce COVID-19 restrictions, Department of Health 10 April 2020

Daily briefing on the government's response to COVID-19 - Wednesday 8 April 2020 From Department of the Taoiseach 8 April 2020

Ireland’s National Police and Security Service Press Release April 2020, An Garda Síochána – Continued High Compliance by Public With Health Guidelines 28/4/20

Department of Health, Travel Advice

Department of Health, Preventing spread

Citizens information, Public Health Measures