Entry Requirements for Ireland

To make it as easy as possible when travelling to Ireland, for visiting guests or guests returning home, we have compiled all the information you need here so you can be as prepared as possible.

Guests arriving into Ireland from overseas, including Irish citizens, are legally required by the Irish authorities to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online. It takes just a couple of minutes to complete on a computer, mobile phone or other device. Passengers should fill out the form during the 48 hours prior to their arrival in the country.

Following completion of the form you will be issued with an email receipt. Passengers are obliged by law to present their email receipt or a completed printed version of the form to an officer at their point of entry to the State.

During the 14 days following your arrival the information on the form may be used:

  • to provide passengers with public health information,
  • to contact passengers to verify that the information on the form is correct and
  • for the purpose of contact tracing in relation to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

Please note that it is a penal offence not to complete the form in the manner specified. It is an offence to provide false or misleading information on the form.

 

Complete the Passenger Locator Form

 

The Irish government has adopted the EU Traffic Light System which categorises regions across Europe and the UK as green, orange, red and grey. Countries are colour-coded based on the COVID-19 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates. Here you will find information on how this system impacts arrivals into Ireland and the restrictions of movement that apply from each country colour.

View the Colour-Coded Map

What the colours mean for entry into Ireland?

 

The country colour that you are travelling from represents the level of restrictions required on arrival into Ireland. There are no restrictions for guests arriving into Ireland from green countries, and some extra steps to take for guests arriving from orange, red and grey countries.
The detail here for red and grey countries comes into effect from 29 November '20. Until then, passengers arriving into Ireland from red and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.

Green

Green

Before Departure

Health declaration at check-in.

On Arrival in Ireland

No restrictions.

Orange

Orange

Before Departure

PCR test taken within 72 hours.

Health declaration at check-in.

On Arrival in Ireland

No restrictions if negative test result.

Red

Red

Before Departure

Health declaration at check-in.

On Arrival in Ireland

Restrict movements.

PCR test taken after 5 days.

No restrictions if negative test result.

Grey

Grey

Before Departure

Health declaration at check-in.

On Arrival in Ireland

Restrict movements.

PCR test taken after 5 days.

No restrictions if negative test result.

 

Exemptions from restricting movements

 

There are some exemptions in the request to restrict movements for guests arriving from red and grey countries:

  • Travellers arriving from Northern Ireland.
  • International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors.
  • Children aged 6 or under.
  • Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including health care workers, frontier and posted workers as well as seasonal workers as referred to in the guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting.
  • Patients travelling for imperative medical reasons.
  • Pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis.
  • Persons travelling for imperative family or business reasons (see below for more information)
  • Diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations, whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions.
  • Passengers in transit.
  • Journalists, when performing their duties.

 

More detail on exemptions can be found here

 

PCR Testing on Arrival

 

From 29 November, a negative PCR test (taken 5 days after your arrival in Ireland) means no further restricted movements are required for guests arriving from red and grey countries. Here you will find details of the available facilities in Ireland where you can arrange a PCR test.
PCR Testing Facilities in Ireland

PCR Testing Facilities in Ireland

Provider
Website
Vida Care https://vidacare.ie/
Randox https://booking.randox.ie/
Rocdoc https://rocdoc.ie/
Better2know https://www.better2know.ie/page/covid-19-fit-to-fly
Let's Get Checked https://www.letsgetchecked.com/ie/en/home-coronavirus-test/
Travel Health Clinic http://www.travelhealth.ie/CoronaVirusTesting/
Travel Medial Bureau https://www.tmb.ie/services/covid-19-travel-clearance-certificate
Code Blue https://codeblue.ie/covid-19-testing/
Vivo Clinic https://vivoclinic.com/shop/pcr-travel-test-dublin/

 

What is considered an imperative family reason?

Imperative family reasons include providing essential care to children, elderly or vulnerable people (in particular to those who live alone but excluding social family visits), exercising a right of access to a child, attending a court hearing, or attending a wedding or funeral. Note: carrying supporting documentation from sources such as undertakers, clerics, social workers or solicitors is requested by the State.

What is considered an imperative business reason?

Imperative business reasons include clients of State agencies or those attending a meeting critical to the functioning of a business. Note: carrying supporting documentation from the State agency concerned or from a company CEO or Chairman or Director is requested by the State.

I am travelling from the USA, does the Traffic Light System apply to me?

Non EU countries are treated the same as red regions and are currently requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. From 29 November, a negative PCR test (taken 5 days after your arrival in Ireland) means no further restricted movements are required for guests arriving from red and grey countries.

I don't wish to travel. How can I change my ticket?

We have introduced greater booking flexibility should you decide not to travel. Customers can change their travel dates free of charge, and as many times as they want, up to two hours before they travel, regardless of fare type. A fare difference may apply. Unlimited changes can be made on all bookings until 31st May 2021.

Customers that purchased an "Advantage" fare can avail of a refund. Requests for vouchers and refunds can be made up until 14 days pre-departure. Vouchers are valid for five years.

Customers with a "Plus" fare, can avail of a voucher up to 14 days before travel to any destination, or within 14 days if a country's travel guidance changes or customers decide they do not want to travel. (Should a country move to red on the EU Travel Framework)

Do I need to present my test at check-in?

Evidence of test results are not required to be presented at check-in.

ECDC (European Centre for Disease Control) published map every Thursday categorising countries as Green, Orange or Red or Grey.

Passengers entering Ireland from "green" regions will not be requested to restrict their movements on arrival.

Passengers arriving from an "orange" region, who have received a negative/'not detected' PCR test result during the three days before arriving in Ireland will not be requested to restrict their movements on arrival. (Passengers may be asked for evidence in support of this)

Passengers arriving into Ireland from "red" regions are currently requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. From 29 November, a negative PCR test (taken 5 days after your arrival in Ireland) means no further restricted movements are required for guests arriving from red and grey countries.

Where can I find information on the EU Traffic Light System?

Information on the Irish Government's approach to the EU Traffic Light System can be found at Gov.ie

How do I find out information on the travel restrictions or testing requirements of the country I am travelling to?

Information about entry restrictions currently applied by Member States is available on the Irish Government website https://dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
or https://reopen.europa.eu/en

 

Although this page covers requirements for arrivals into Ireland, please ensure you check the relevant travel restrictions and government advisories for any other applicable country in your trip before you depart for the airport.

 

View All Travel Restrictions

 

You can also read about our safety measures and useful travel tips here.

 

External Links

COVID-19 Public Health Passenger Locator Form:
https://gov.ie/onlinelocatorform

ECDC (European Centre for Disease Control) Traffic Light System Map:
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement

Temporary suspension of the Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme:
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/PR20000007

Local government information:
https://dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/