EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)

Introduction

Ireland has introduced the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU and EEA (the EU, plus Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland).

You can use the DCC to access indoor dining services in restaurants and pubs if your DCC is based on vaccination or recovery. You can find out more about the rules for indoor dining.

Your DCC can be used in either digital or paper format.

If you plan to travel abroad, you should check the testing and quarantining requirements of the country you are travelling to. The DCC is accepted throughout the EEA as proof that you have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered from COVID-19. However, EEA countries have their own restrictions and quarantine requirements.

If you arrive in Ireland from the EU or EEA and you have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, you do not have to quarantine, unless the Certificate is based on an antigen test or a vaccine not approved by the EMA. All travellers must fill in an online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before they arrive into Ireland.

If you plan to travel to Ireland, you should know what testing and quarantine requirements are in place.

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) helps citizens move freely and safely within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is proof that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • Received a negative test result; or
  • Recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months

The DCC makes it easier to travel in the EU and EEA. You must still follow the restrictions that are in place in the country you are travelling to. You can get information about the travel restrictions in place on the ReOpen EU website.

The DCC is free.

What information will be included on the DCC?

The certificate only contains necessary information including:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • The date of issue
  • Relevant information about your vaccine or test or recovery
  • A unique identifier number

The DCC is available in both digital and paper formats. The certificate has a QR code to avoid fraud.

When giving your details for your vaccine or test appointment, enter your name as it appears on your passport so your DCC matches your travel documents.

Who can get and use the DCC?

You can get a free EU Digital COVID Certificate from the EU country where your vaccination or COVID-19 test took place. You don’t have to be a citizen of that country.

If you received your first vaccine dose in another country and your second dose in Ireland, you can apply for a Digital COVID Certificate in Ireland. You need to contact the helpline on 1800 807 008 and provide evidence of your first vaccine dose in another country. This only applies to a two-dose vaccine schedule.

If you received your first dose in Ireland and your second dose in another country, then you need to apply to the country where you received your second dose for a certificate.

If you received your complete vaccine schedule in a third country outside the EU, but are an Irish citizen, a mechanism is being developed to issue a Digital COVID Certificate, more details are expected to be published soon.

How does it work across the EU?

Individual member states will decide how the DCC is used as part of national public health measures. If you are travelling abroad you should check the entry requirements before you travel. You can find details of the restrictions for each Member State on ReOpen EU.

If you have not received your DCC and plan to travel, you should check with the airline or ferry service to find out what documents they accept instead of the DCC. You should also check the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to.

The system is being used throughout the EU and also Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland. You can check the European Centre of Disease Control’s map (EU traffic lights system) before you travel abroad.

How does it work outside the EU?

If you are travelling outside of the EU, you should check the document requirements and travel restrictions in that country on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

How do I get the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)?

There are 4 types of DCC:

Type of DCC Who is it for? How do you get it?
DCC based on vaccination Fully vaccinated people By email (if the HSE has your email address) or by post

You can check the status of your DCC using the Self Service Portal

DCC based on recovery People who had a recent positive COVID-19 test

You can request the DCC 11 days after your positive test

You must have had the positive test within the past 6 months

Request it by calling 1800 807 008 or by using the Self Service Portal

If you submit a form through the Self Service Portal, you will get your certificate by email within 5 days.

DCC based on negative RT-PCR test People who get a negative RT-PCR result at a private testing service

Test must be taken within 72 hours before travel

You can get your DCC through private providers on this list.
DCC based on negative antigen test People who get a negative antigen test at a private testing service*

Test must be taken within 48 hours before travel

You can get your DCC through private providers on this list.

*Antigen testing is not accepted for travel to Ireland. You should check ReOpen EU to check if it is accepted in the country you are travelling to.

I have not received my DCC

DCCs based on vaccination are being sent out by email or post. If you do not get yours in the coming weeks, you can check the status using the Self Service Portal.

You can also call the emergency helpline on 1800 807 008. You can phone +353 76888 5513 from outside Ireland.

I need to change details on my DCC

If you need to update the details on your DCC (for example change how your name appears), you can do this through the Self Service Portal.

How to store my DCC

Your DCC will be in PDF format when emailed to you. You can download it to your phone, where the QR code on the PDF may be inspected or scanned.

You can also use the COVID Tracker App to keep your DCC securely on your phone. This can make it easier for you to carry your certificate with you.

You can also print your PDF to use a paper version of your DCC.

DCC and children

You should check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. You can get advice on travelling abroad from the Department of Foreign Affairs website. Some countries (including Ireland) do not accept antigen tests.

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 need to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival into Ireland, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

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

Page edited: 26 August 2021