Travelling abroad during COVID-19

Introduction

Some countries have restrictions in place for travellers. You should check the public health advice, document requirements and restrictions that are in place in the country you are going to. You should do this even if you are travelling to an EEA country.

You can use the EU Digital COVID Certificate if you are travelling within the EU and EEA to show that you are fully vaccinated, or have tested negative or have recovered from COVID-19.

EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)

If you are travelling within the EEA, you should carry the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC).

A DCC will show if you are:

  • Vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, or
  • Have a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result, or
  • Have received a booster vaccine

You can still travel without the DCC, but it will be easier to show that you satisfy the COVID-19 testing rules in the country you are going to by showing your DCC.

You can read more in the European Commission’s EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) certificate factsheet and Questions and Answers about the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC).

Before you travel

Check travel advice for your destination

Check the travel advice for the country you are travelling to before you travel abroad.

Is your passport in date?

Check that you and your families’ passports are in date before you book. Passport Online is open to all applicants. You can get information on how to renew your passport or how to apply for your child’s first passport.

Updates on services and the latest turnaround times are available on the Passport Service's website.

Travel to the EEA

If you are travelling to the EEA (the EU, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), you should check the European Centre of Disease Control’s map (EU traffic lights system).

This map is updated weekly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and categorise regions as green, orange, red or grey depending on their COVID-19 rates of infection.

Re-open EU has information about current COVID-19 restrictions and laws in EEA countries. Laws and restrictions may change while you are away (both in the country where you have travelled to and in Ireland), and you should check for new information regularly.

Do you have travel insurance?

You should get travel insurance for you and your family. If you have a travel insurance policy already, or travel insurance is included in your health insurance policy, you should check that you are covered for hospital treatment for COVID-19.

You should bring your European Health Insurance Card with you if you are travelling to the EEA or Switzerland. Make sure that it is in date, it has to be renewed every 4 years and each family member needs their own.

If you need emergency consular assistance abroad

If you need help while you are abroad, you can contact the Irish embassy or consulate in that country.

When you return

Since 6 March 2022, all travel restrictions to Ireland were removed. You no longer need to complete a passenger locator form. You no longer need proof of vaccination or proof of recovery or a COVID-19 test.

Page edited: 12 April 2022