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

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: 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: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.04.2021
1. Passengers entering or transiting through Ireland (Rep.) must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 7 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at
3. Passengers could be subject to presenting a quarantine hotel reservation booked at . More details can be found at
4. Passengers must complete a “Passenger Locator Form” at before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 16 years.
5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a short stay visa issued by the United Kingdom.


Detailed Tourist Information

Passenger arrivals from ALL countries are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

You will be asked to show evidence of this negative or ‘not detected’ result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country you are travelling from, and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce such evidence. Once you arrive in Ireland, you have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers.

You should retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

In case of lack of a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test or a valid exemption, you can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months. You will also be required to take a RT-PCR test after arrival at your own expense.

Children aged 6 and under are exempted.

-Is a quarantine required?

All passengers arriving into Ireland from designated States after 4 am on the morning of Friday, 26 March are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.

If you come into Ireland from any country deemed ‘high risk’, or If you come to Ireland without a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test, you must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

If you come to Ireland from any country not deemed ‘high risk’, you must quarantine at home provided you have a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test. If you are not arriving from high-risk countries, you may shorten your quarantine period by taking an RT-PCR test no less than 5 days after your arrival. If you receive written confirmation that the result of this test is negative or ‘not detected’, your period of quarantine can end.

If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.

All travellers coming into Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form

Lockdown Details

Ireland introduced a 5-level Plan for Living with COVID-19. At each level, there are detailed commercial closure and reopenings guidelines. The lower levels of the framework are used when the coronavirus cases are lower, and the higher levels are used to deal with higher incidences of the disease.

Ireland is at Level 5 (strictest measures) of the 5-level Plan for Living with COVID-19. This means mainly only essential businesses remain open.

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