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

This page was last updated on 25 February, 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: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 18.01.2021
1. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 7 years;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for 14 days. A list of self-isolation exemptions can be found at www.gov.ie/en/publication/8868e-view-the-covid-19-travel-advice-list/
3. Passengers who are 16 years or older, must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form at https://cvd19plf-prod1.powerappsportals.com/en-us/ before arrival.
4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a short stay visa issued by the United Kingdom.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

If you travel to Ireland from Angola; Botswana; Brazil; Burundi; Cape Verde; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Lesotho; Malawi; Eswatini; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda; Seychelles; Tanzania; United Arab Emirates; Zambia; Zimbabwe:

A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
you must complete the full 14 days of quarantine – regardless of whether you have a negative test result

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.
Is a coronavirus test required?

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 an RT-PCR test after arrival at your own expense.

Children aged 6 and under are exempted.

Is a quarantine required?

A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all travellers (except if your journey originates in Northern Ireland) with very limited exceptions.

This applies for ALL arrivals from 4 February 2021:

A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
persons who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime
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.

You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.

You may leave to take 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/ ‘not detected’ your period of quarantine can end.

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

Passenger Locator Form

If you arrive in Ireland from another country, you must fill in 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.
 

Sources

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