The latest health scare to hit the international community is the infectious disease Zika. It’s not new, but people are becoming more aware of it, and some are worried about the risk of travel. One good way to overcome this worry is the International Travel Risk Map, which shows low risk of infectious disease on your trip to Ireland.
You should also know that fear of being infected by a disease is not considered a valid reason for trip cancellation by most travel insurance companies. If you actually catch a disease, that’s one thing, but even if there are warnings about a specific area, they won’t cover the cost of trip cancellation unless you have purchased the extra “cancellation for any reason” coverage at additional cost.
In general, Ireland is a low risk area, with excellent medical services available, and very low risk for any communicable disease, Zika included. “Low risk” is not “No Risk,” but it’s not enough of a worry that travel insurance companies will pay for your trip cancellation. If you do decide not to travel, don’t expect reimbursement. Just make sure your vaccinations are up to date, and check the Centers for Disease
Control web site for travel warnings (which do not include Ireland, by the way).