Republic of Ireland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Required to fill a Public Health Passenger Locator Form
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.09.2021
1. Passengers entering or transiting through Ireland (Rep.) from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia or Peru must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through Ireland (Rep.) from a country other than Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia or Peru must have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a positive COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Moderna or Janssen at least 14 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or Covishield) at least 15 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
3. Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form” at https://cvd19plf-prod1.powerappsportals.com/en-us/ before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years.
4. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia or Peru must present a quarantine hotel reservation booked at https://tinyurl.com/778s6b2p . More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/te8ftd47 .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with:
– Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– Moderna or Janssen at least 14 days before arrival; or
– AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or Covishield) at least 15 days before arrival.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2x5jpp2k
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from a country other than Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia or Peru with:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a positive COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with Moderna or Janssen at least 14 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or Covishield) at least 15 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival.
6. Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on or after day 5 after arrival. They must have a booking confirmation obtained at www.gov.ie/test .
7. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a short stay visa issued by the United Kingdom.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

SCENARIO 1: journey originates or has transited through a country which is NOT a Designated State

Note: this section includes rules for people arriving from Great Britain.

PRE-DEPARTURE

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

Passengers must have:

valid proof of vaccination;
valid proof of recovery from COVID-19, valid between 11 and 180 days from the date of a positive PCR test; or
a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland. A non-RT-PCR test (for example, antigen) is not accepted.
Please check the glossary listing the requirements for valid certificates at the bottom of the page.

A relevant Digital COVID Certificate or alternative valid proof of vaccination, recovery or RT-PCR test result can be shown on arrival to Ireland.

Passenger travelling with a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test result will be asked to show evidence of the test result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country they are travelling from.

POST ARRIVAL

After arrival in Ireland, immigration officers will be conducting checks on the Passenger Locator Form and proof of vaccination, recovery or negative RT-PCR test result carried by the passenger.

If the passenger has valid proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine is necessary.
If the passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they need to:
present evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival;
undergo self-quarantine for 14 days;
may undergo post-arrival testing – a RT-PCR test can be taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland: with a negative result the quarantine ends. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19. This test will be provided through the Health Service Executive (HSE).
Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered responsible adults, with the same address, will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult with the same address needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery themselves.

Those travelling without valid documentation or acceptable proofs must enter mandatory hotel quarantine until a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test result is received, and self-quarantine thereafter as above.

SCENARIO 2: journey originates in or has transited through a country which is a Designated State

PRE-DEPARTURE

All passengers (with limited exemptions) travelling to Ireland must fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure. This is a pre-boarding requirement when travelling to Ireland.

All passengers, including those who are vaccinated or recovered, must have valid proof of a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

Passengers will be asked to show evidence of the test result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country they are travelling from.

Passengers will be asked to show evidence of mandatory hotel booking where applicable.

POST ARRIVAL

After arrival in Ireland, immigration officers will be conducting checks on the Passenger Locator Form and negative RT-PCR test result carried by the passenger, and proof of vaccination, recovery (where relevant).

If the passenger has valid proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, they need to:
show evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival;
undergo self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at address given on Passenger Locator Form;
may undergo post-arrival testing – a RT-PCR test can be taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland: with a negative result the quarantine ends. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19. This test will be provided through the HSE.
If the passenger does not have a valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they need to:
show evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival;
undergo mandatory hotel quarantine – this must be pre-booked in advance of travel;
undergo post-arrival testing – a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 10 onwards after arrival into Ireland permits the passenger to leave quarantine. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country.

Those travelling with no valid documentation or acceptable proofs must enter mandatory hotel quarantine until a negative/not-detected RT-PCR test result taken from day 10 onwards after arrival into Ireland which permits the passenger to leave quarantine. Quarantine will be extended if the passenger tests positive for COVID-19.

GLOSSARY

Proof of vaccination:

A non-DCC proof of vaccination means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following information:

confirmation that the person to whom the record or evidence refers is a vaccinated person;
the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated;
the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of the state that administered or caused to be administered the vaccination to the person concerned.
For the purposes of travel, passengers are considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency after the following recommended number of days from the final dose:

7 days from the second dose of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®);
14 days from the second dose of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®);
15 days from the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield);
14 days from the single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®).

Recovery certificates:

A non-DCC ‘proof of recovery’ means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:

name, date of birth, disease from which holder has recovered, date of holder’s first positive NAAT test result, Member State or third country in which test was carried out, certificate issuer, dates the certificate is valid from and valid until (not more than 180 days after the date of first positive NAAT test result).
A relevant test result:

A negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival to Ireland or a positive RT-PCR Covid test result at least 11 days prior to arrival (and no more than 180 days). Antigen test results are not accepted.
 

Lockdown Details

Face coverings are mandatory in retail outlets, in taxis, in bus and rail stations, on public transport and for workers in customer facing roles in cafés, bars and restaurants.

Physical distancing of at least 2 metres should be respected.

If you are an unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside your home. Vaccine bonus remains in place for vaccinated households.

From 5 July, you can have visitors from up to 3 other households inside your home

Masks should be worn in crowded outdoor spaces.

Outdoor events: maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues, maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000 people.

From 5 July, for organised indoor events, maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues. Maximum of 100 can attend events in larger venues with strict public health measures in place. For organised outdoor events, maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000 people.

All retail is closed except for essential retail.

All non-essential services are closed. Click and collect from non-essential retail outlets should be discontinued. Existing orders may be collected. Click and deliver will continue to be permitted.

Outdoor services are open. Indoor services will resume on 5 July (subject to the public health situation at the time)
 

Sources

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/8868e-view-the-covid-19-travel-advice-list/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co