If you’re keen to buy in Ireland this autumn, before the transition period ends, you still can.
Traveling to Ireland is still possible, especially from countries on Ireland’s “Green List”. However, this does NOT include Great Britain. Although EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Aer Lingus are all still flying daily, visitors from the British mainland must self-isolate for the first 14 days after their arrival.
On arrival in Ireland
On the plane you need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form online (or risk a €2,500 fine). If other people on the flights are taken ill you will be contacted via Ireland’s track and trace system.
When you arrive, you must stay at home for 14 days and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. That includes no using public transport, shopping or face-to-face meetings unless absolutely necessary.
The usual social distancing rules are in place, including keeping two metres apart wherever possible and wearing masks in any enclosed public space, such as public transport and shops.
The property market:
You can still buy property as usual after your quarantine is complete, so long as you wear a face covering during viewings, etc. You may also have to make your own way to the properties as many estate agents are not taking clients in their cars.
In the 12 months to the end of June, prices in Ireland were essentially unchanged, but at least not falling. Given the severity of Ireland’s lockdown however, there were few property sales from March to June so it is hard to draw any firm conclusions from that. The Irish economy is projected to have fallen by 8.5% this year, and the tourist season has been ruined. Therefore, some sellers will undoubtedly be willing to take an offer.