Travelling to Ireland during COVID-19

Introduction

Everyone arriving in Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form before boarding a flight or taking a boat to Ireland.

You must also have one of the following when you arrive in Ireland:

  • An EU Digital COVID Certificate that shows you are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine, or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days
  • Other acceptable proof that you have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine, or you have recovered from COVID-19
  • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival

From Sunday 5 December 2021, all arrivals aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must provide either of the following:

  • A negative or not detected antigen test (taken within 48 hours before arrival)
  • A negative or not detected RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours before arrival)

The test result must be certified and not self-administered.

If you are not fully vaccinated or recovered, you must show a negative or not detected RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before your arrival.

People arriving in Ireland do not need to quarantine, unless they have been in certain countries in southern Africa.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you should follow public health advice.

Arrivals who have been in southern Africa

If you were in any of the countries in the list below in the past 14 days, you should not travel to Ireland, except in some cases (see ‘Exemptions’ below):

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

If you are already in Ireland and you were in any of the above countries since 1 November 2021, you should book a free RT-PCR test.

Visa rules for citizens of the above countries have changed.

Exemptions

You can only travel to Ireland if you if you are:

  • An Irish or EU citizen and their family members
  • A UK citizen
  • Legally resident in Ireland, or you have a right of free movement in the EU
  • A diplomat or a person with diplomatic immunity
  • A transport worker travelling as part of your work

Travellers must quarantine at the address you gave on your passenger locator form for 14 days upon arrival. You must get a RT-PCR test at day 2 and day 8. The HSE (The Irish health service) will contact you to arrange the tests. You can leave home quarantine on day 10 if your tests are negative. If your test is positive, you must quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test.

You must have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before you arrive, even if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

Passenger locator form

If you arrive into Ireland from another country, including if you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you must fill in an online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before you arrive. One form should be completed for each passenger aged 18 or older. You will get an email receipt, which you will have to show when boarding. It is a pre-boarding requirement.

You must also fill out this form if you arrive in Ireland through Northern Ireland and were overseas in the 28 days before your arrival in Ireland.

The information on the form may be used to contact you to check your location, or to contact you if there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on your flight or ferry.

You need the following details to complete the COVID-19 passenger locator form:

  • The mobile phone number that you will use when in Ireland
  • Your email address
  • Your place of residence when staying in Ireland
  • Information on how you arrived in Ireland (for example: name of airline or ferry, flight or ferry number)
  • Passport details of passengers

You are also asked which of the following you are travelling with:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. You must have had a positive RT-PCR COVID-19 test result at least 11 days before arrival (and no more than 180 days).
  • Proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival

If you completed the form before 9 November 2021 and any information you provided on the form changes over the 28 days after you arrive in Ireland, you must email passengerlocatorform@plf.ie with your updated information. You do not have to do this if you arrive in Ireland from 12 November 2021, or if you complete the form from 9 November 2021.

You do not have to fill in this form in some limited situations.

Failure to complete this form is an offence.

You can read the data protection notice for the COVID-19 passenger locator form.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

You are fully vaccinated when it is:

  • 15 days after the second AstraZeneca dose or second Covishield dose
  • 7 days after the second Pfizer-BioNtech dose
  • 14 days after the second Moderna dose
  • 14 days after the single Janssen dose
  • 14 days after the second Sinopharm dose (also called Vero Cell Inactivated)
  • 14 days after your second dose of Coronavac (Sinovac)

Mixed vaccines

If you got different types of vaccines for your first and second doses, you are fully vaccinated once the above period has passed based on your second vaccine. For example, if your first dose was Astra-Zeneca, and your second dose was Pfizer, you are fully vaccinated 7 days after the Pfizer dose.

If you got a vaccine other than those listed above, you are not considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

You are also not fully vaccinated if the interval between your first and second doses is less than the required period (for two dose vaccines).

What is valid proof of vaccination?

You should bring proof that you have been fully vaccinated when you travel to Ireland.

If you were vaccinated in the EEA you should get an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC).

If you were vaccinated in a country outside the EEA you should have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate that has been officially recognised as equivalent to the EU DCC.

Other proof that you have been vaccinated can also be accepted. The proof can be in written or electronic format in Irish or English. Where it is in another language, an official translation into Irish or English is needed.

Your proof of vaccination must contain the following:

  • Confirmation that you are fully vaccinated
  • The date or dates you were vaccinated
  • The name of body in the state implementing the vaccination programme that administered the vaccine to you

What does ‘recovered from COVID-19’ mean?

You are ‘recovered from COVID-19’ if you had COVID-19 in the past 180 days. You should bring proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 when you travel to Ireland.

If you were tested for COVID-19 in the EEA, you should get an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). Other proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 can also be accepted.

What other proof of recovery is acceptable?

If you do not have a DCC, your proof must be in written or electronic format in English or Irish. If it is in a language other than English or Irish, it needs to be accompanied by a certified translation.

Your proof of recovery must contain the following:

  • Your full name and date of birth
  • The date of your first relevant positive test result
  • The disease or variant from which you have recovered
  • The country where the test was carried out
  • Details of the body that issued the certificate
  • Dates the certificate is valid from and expires (you must have tested positive at least 11 days ago but no longer than 180 days ago)

Do I need a COVID test before coming to Ireland?

Note: Changes to testing rules for travelling to Ireland that were due to happen on 3 December 2021 have been delayed until Sunday 5 December 2021.

Arriving before 5 December 2021

You do not need a COVID-19 test before arriving in Ireland if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have an EU Digital COVID Certificate that shows you are fully vaccinated
  • You have an EU Digital COVID Certificate that shows you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days
  • You are aged 11 or under
  • You have another acceptable proof that you are fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine, or that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days

If none of the above applies to you, you must have a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival in Ireland. An antigen test is not accepted.

If you require a RT-PCR test and you arrive in Ireland without one, you could be taken to court and fined and/or sent to prison. You must also undertake a RT-PCR test as soon as possible after your arrival (if you did not have one upon arrival). You must take the test within 36 hours of your arrival, and you must keep the result for 14 days after you get the result. You must be able to produce the test result if asked for it by a Garda (Irish police). Failure to do this is also an offence.

If you were in any of the countries listed below in the 14 days before you come to Ireland, you must have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before you arrive. This applies even if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

Arriving on or after 5 December 2021

All arrivals aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must provide either of the following:

  • A negative or not detected antigen test (taken within 48 hours before arrival)
  • A negative or not detected RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours before arrival)

The test result must be certified and not self-administered.

If you are not fully vaccinated or recovered, you must show a negative or not detected RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before your arrival.

A RT-PCR taken in Ireland before departure will be accepted for your return trip if it is taken within 72 hours of arriving back in Ireland.

For proofs of vaccination and recovery that are acceptable, see ‘What does fully vaccinated mean?’ and ‘What does recovered from COVID-19 mean?’ above.

Do I need to quarantine?

You do not have to quarantine when you arrive in Ireland unless you have been in certain countries in southern Africa. See ‘Arrivals who have been in southern Africa’ above.

You should follow public health advice if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers to Ireland from some countries, ended on 25 September 2021.

Travelling with children

All children under the age of 18 must be declared on a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form by an adult accompanying them.

Unaccompanied children aged 12 and over must complete their own COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

If you are travelling with a child that is between the ages of 12 and 17, they must have a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery. From 5 December 2021, children aged 12 and over need a negative antigen test or PCR test if they are fully vaccinated or recovered. The test must have been administered professionally.

If only the adults accompanying the child are fully vaccinated, the child is required to have a negative RT-PCR test.

Children aged 11 and under do not need a RT-PCR test to travel to Ireland.

Page edited: 3 December 2021