Ireland Visa Application Centers in Russia started accepting documents for short-term visas
According to the visa operator VFS Global, Irish visa centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Saratov started accepting documents for short-term visas of category C since 13 September, which allows Russians to enter Ireland for the purpose of tourism.
It is separately indicated that with this visa you can enter Ireland for the purpose of learning English too.
Russia resumed flights with Ireland on June 28, 2021. 2 flights per week from Moscow to Dublin are allowed. Direct flights to Ireland are carried out only by Aeroflot (weekly on Saturdays).
But, experts doubt that Ireland will be in demand as an independent destination at the current stage in Russia. Ireland does not recognize Russian vaccines. To enter, you need a PCR test done no later than 72 hours before arrival, and a completed form (COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form). Children under 12 do not need to be tested.
But the main thing is that upon arrival, all Russians will have to go through 14 days of quarantine. It can be shortened after a negative PCR test after 5 days of isolation.
Observers estimate Ireland as a country interested for individual travelers.
According to the Border Guard Service of Russia, before the pandemic, in 2019, Russian citizens made 21 042 trips to Ireland, just over half of them (11 744) were made for tourism purposes.