COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Notice updated 20th September 2021

Travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad 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. 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 following a persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, a positive RT-PCR result will be acceptable which is no less than 11 days prior to the date on which the person arrives in the State and no more than 180 days prior to the date on which the person arrives.

A relevant EU Digital COVID Certificate constitutes valid proof. However, non RT-PCR tests are not acceptable for entry into Ireland and passengers with a Digital COVID Certificate based on a non RT-PCR test (for example, antigen) require proof of an additional negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

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)

Passengers arriving into Ireland from inside EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland:

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.

Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland:

Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain.

If your journey originates in a country which is not a designated State

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.

If your journey originates in a country which is a designated State

See the full list of designated States.

If you have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine

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.

If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine

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.

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

If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 10 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.

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

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