Notice updated 2 December 2021
Travelling to Ireland
If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.
After 00.01am on Friday 3 December 2021, anyone travelling to Ireland has to show a negative test for COVID-19.
|Your status||Antigen test||RT-PCR test|
|Vaccinated or recovered||Negative test no more than 48 hours before you arrive||Negative test no more than 72 hours before you arrive|
|Not vaccinated||Not valid||Negative test no more than 72 hours before you arrive|
- if you do not have a Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination or recovery, you have to show a negative (‘not detected’) RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Ireland
- if you have proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, you have to show a negative (‘not detected’) antigen test which was carried out no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Ireland. Alternatively, you can show a negative (‘not detected’) RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive
Antigen tests have to be carried out by approved professionals – you can’t test yourself.
In situations where a person is required to present evidence of a negative (‘not detected’) RT-PCR test result prior to travel, and is unable to do so due to a persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, then a positive RT-PCR test result will be acceptable which was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival to the State.
Additional obligations now apply to those arriving from scheduled States – Scheduled states as of December 2 2021:
- South Africa
Please check for further details for scheduled States here
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; or the body in the state concerned that has been authorised to issue such record or other evidence to the person concerned
- the HSE Vaccination Card is an example of acceptable non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination
For the purposes of travel, passengers are considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with a product listed below after the 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|
|2 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac)||14 days|
|2 doses of Sinopharm BIBP||14 days|
|A heterologous (mixed) dose of any of the above vaccines||Apply the information above as it applies to the second dose|
|A single dose of any of the above vaccines administered within 180 days of a positive RT-PCR test result. The traveller must hold proof of the positive test and the vaccine dose||Apply the information above as it applies to the administered vaccine|
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:
- 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)
Proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test
Ireland is 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.
Further Travel Information: