COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Notice updated 25th September 2021

Government advice on international travel

Travelling from Ireland to other destinations

It is important to check the public health advice, document requirements and restrictions in place in the country you plan to visit.

Travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

A relevant EU Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination, recovery or a negative RT-PCR test constitutes valid proof.

Non RT-PCR tests are not accepted when travelling to Ireland and passengers with a Digital COVID Certificate based on a non RT-PCR test (for example, antigen tests) require proof of an additional negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

In situations where a person is required to present evidence of a negative/’not detected’ RT-PCR test prior to travel, and is unable to do so due to persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, then a positive RT-PCR result will be acceptable which was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival to the State.

Proof of vaccination

A non-Digital COVID Certificate 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:

  • 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
  • the HSE Vaccination Card is an example of acceptable non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination

Approved vaccines

For the purposes of travel, passengers are considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency with recommended number of days after the final dose, see table below.

A full course of any one of the following vaccines:Regarded as vaccinated after:
2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)7 days
2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)14 days
2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)15 days
1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)14 days

Proof of Recovery – Recovery Certificates

A non-Digital COVID Certificate ‘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)

Travelling with children

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, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.

Advice on travelling abroad is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

Passengers arriving into Ireland who have not travelled outside the EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland within 14 days of arrival

Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA.

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. No further travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

Travel restrictions for passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain.

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

If you have valid proof of vaccination (see above), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days (see above), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine for 14 days

If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine.

Proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test

Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.

Arriving from Northern Ireland

Travellers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the past 14-days are not obliged to complete a Passenger Locator Form or provide proof of vaccination, recovery or test results upon arrival into Ireland.

However travellers who have been overseas in the past 14 days are subject to the requirements based on their travel history, and according to their health status.

Arrivals to Ireland who are subject to home quarantine:

A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the electronic Passenger Locator Form

Passengers who arrive via Northern Ireland and have been overseas in the past 14-days must also observe the home quarantine regime where applicable.

  • you may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period to take a COVID-19 test, or for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State
  • for arrivals who are required to complete home quarantine you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival
  • you must retain the written or SMS confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days
  • if you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence

Exemptions

Full or partial exemptions for passengers from home quarantine (where applicable)

There are some limited exemptions from the requirement to complete home quarantine (where applicable):

  • a person arriving in the State in the course of their duty and who hold a valid Annex 3 certificate (ensuring the availability of goods and essential services)
  • drivers of a heavy goods vehicle arriving in the State in the course of their duty
  • airline pilots, aircrew, maritime master or maritime crew and who arrive in the State in the course of performing their duties
  • a person travelling to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation
  • a member of An Garda Síochána or Defence Forces travelling to the State in course of their duty
  • a person travelling to the State for unavoidable, imperative and time-sensitive medical reasons and these reasons are certified by a registered medical practitioner or person with equivalent qualifications outside the State
  • a person having been outside of the State to provide services to or perform the functions of an office holder (under any enactment or the Constitution) or a member of either house of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament
  • diplomats and certain other categories of persons entitled to privileges and immunities in the State

The following may temporarily leave their place of quarantine when necessary to perform their essential function – and only for as long as strictly required:

  • a person required to carry out essential repair, maintenance, construction or safety assurance of critical transport infrastructure, critical utility infrastructure, manufacturing services, information services, or communication services
  • a member of staff of an international organisation, or person invited, carrying out functions required for the proper functioning of such organisations and which cannot be carried out remotely
  • a passenger who is participating in a sporting event and has been provided with written certification by Sport Ireland
  • journalists, carrying out their professional functions

Passengers who do not need to provide evidence of a pre-departure RT-PCR test (where applicable)

  • passengers with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate based on a vaccination or recovery certificate (or accepted alternative documents) who are travelling from the EU
  • people who are travelling in the course of their duties and are an international transport worker in possession of an annex 3 certificate, the driver of a heavy goods vehicle or are aviation crew or maritime crew
  • patients travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons, and that reason is certified by registered * children aged 11 and under
  • passengers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the 14-day prior to arrival
  • a member of the Gardaí or Defence Forces personnel travelling to the State in the course of performing his or her duties
  • a person who travels to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation
  • travel to perform the function of or provide services to an office holder or elected representative, where such travel to Ireland is required to continue providing such services or performing such functions
  • if a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest embassy or consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey

Source:https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/#travelling-to-ireland

Further Travel Information:

Immigration Notice: Extension to January 2022

Summary

  • Extension applies to permissions that are due to expire between 21 September 2021 and 15 January 2022 and includes permissions that have already been extended by the previous seven temporary extensions since March 2020.
  • Students need to be registered on a course during the extension.
  • This also applies to students who have already completed 2 years (3 courses) in Ireland. You can now register for a 4th course.

Full Details

  • Notice issued 14th September http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/updates-announcements

The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.   

Registrations need to be renewed with Immigration.

Immigration Notice: Appointments Necessary

All students needing to register with Immigration in Cork City are required to arrange an appointment.

Make your appointment by emailing your Name and Date of Birth to [email protected]

Appointment Rules

  • One person per appointment
  • Only Arrive 5 minutes prior to appointment time
  • Strictly No queuing is permitted

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Passport
  • Fully completed IRP Form
  • Appointment Confirmation Email
  • Original school letter
  • Insurance document

Each Student must request their own appointment using their own email address. Block Booking of appointments is strictly forbidden.

Registration Payment

Students should use their Debit/Credit Card to pay the registration fee.

If a student is using another person’s debit/credit card, the cardholder must be present with Photo I.D., they should remain outside the Garda Station until they are called by the student and asked to present at the registration desk.

December & Christmas Arrangements

Level 3 Government COVID arrangements come into effect on 1st December 2020 with special Christmas arrangements from 18th December to 6th January.

From 1st December:

  • Retail, shops open
  • Cafes, restaurants open
  • Bars/pubs with not serving food remain closed
  • 5km redius becomes County Cork radius
  • No house visits except bubble friends

Christmas 18th December to 6th January:

  • Inter-county travel permitted (travel outside of Cork permitted)
  • House visits with max 2 other households permitted
#level3 #staysafe #covidupdate #corkenglishacademy

Immigration Notice: Extension to January 2021

Summary

  • All students with visas due to expire between 20 Sept 2020 and 20 January 2021 are automatically being renewed until 20 January 2021.  
  • Students need to be registered on a course during the extension.
  • Students are only permitted to work 40 hours only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January inclusive. 
  • At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

Full Details

Minister announces further temporary extension of immigration permissions.

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices.

This is the fifth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic and the longest granted.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th September 2020 to 20th January 2021, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th September 2020 – 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021.

The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.

In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th January 2021.

Registrations need to be renewed with Immigration.

Immigration Notice: Appointments Necessary

All students needing to register with Immigration in Cork City are required to arrange an appointment.

Make your appointment by emailing your Name and Date of Birth to [email protected]

Appointment Rules

  • One person per appointment
  • Only Arrive 5 minutes prior to appointment time
  • Strictly No queuing is permitted

You must bring the following to your appointment:

  • Passport
  • Fully completed IRP Form
  • Appointment Confirmation Email
  • Original school letter
  • Insurance document

Each Student must request their own appointment using their own email address. Block Booking of appointments is strictly forbidden.

Registration Payment

Students should use their Debit/Credit Card to pay the registration fee.

If a student is using another person’s debit/credit card, the cardholder must be present with Photo I.D., they should remain outside the Garda Station until they are called by the student and asked to present at the registration desk.

Immigration Notice: Further 4 Week Extension

A further 4 weeks will be applied to visas and current extensions expiring within 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020.

Full Notice posted by Immigration on 18 August 2020:

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 and supplements the notice of 20th March, 13th May and the 16th July.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 1 month. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission that was renewed by the notices of 20th March 2020, 13th May 2020 and 16th July 2020 which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th August 2020 and 20th September 2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 1 month.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána will also close temporarily, to allow for revised public health guidance to be issued.  Appointments that have issued for 19th, 20th and 21st August will be rescheduled, and a further announcement in relation to the operation of the Registration Offices will issue before the end of this week.

If you have any questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document.