Entry Requirements for Ireland

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

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for passengers arriving in Ireland.

Passengers arriving into Ireland from designated states are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.

For passengers arriving into Ireland from non-designated states, the quarantine period of 14 days can be undertaken at the address notified on the passenger locator form.

There are a limited number of exemptions from mandatory quarantine, including a person who is fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and has the documents to prove that. They must also have adhered to the waiting period pertaining to their vaccination after which they are deemed fully vaccinated.

Passengers who are exempted from mandatory hotel quarantine can shorten their period of 'home quarantine' if they receive a 'not detected' RT-PCR test result 5 days after arrival in Ireland. This test is free of charge and can be booked in advance on www.gov.ie/test or by visiting any HSE testing centre, details of which are available at: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html. If you have received a 'not detected' RT-PCR test result after 5 days, you can then cease your period of home quarantine.

Those who travel from Great Britain, who are not fully vaccinated are now requested to remain in quarantine and seek a further test at least 10 days after arrival in Ireland, in addition to the day 5 test. This day 10 test is also free of charge. You can get this test by visiting any HSE testing centre, details of which are available at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html.

 

Full details available on https://www.gov.ie and from the links below:

List of designated states which passengers arriving from must undergo mandatory hotel quarantine:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/#designated-states-mandatory-hotel-quarantine

List of exemptions from mandatory quarantine:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/3b8e1-mandatory-hotel-quarantine-your-questions-answered/#exemptions-from-mandatory-hotel-quarantine

List of mandatory quarantine facilities in Ireland:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/3e5d8-designated-facilities-for-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/

Book quarantine hotels through this website:
https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie

Further information and details of any exemptions are available here:
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/

The Irish Government requires all persons travelling to Ireland to provide a negative result of a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Aer Lingus will require all customers to present evidence (e.g. email, text of document) of a negative RT-PCR test result - that can subsequently be verified by Border Control staff in Ireland - prior to boarding.

Passengers should note that having proof of vaccination does not exempt passengers from any requirement to present evidence of a negative PCR test.

Additional self-isolation requirements and limited exemptions are set out on the government website https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/.

 

Exemptions:

  • International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors are exempt from this requirement where they are travelling in the course of performing their duties.
  • Children aged 6 and under are also exempt from the testing requirement, although they are advised to restrict movements for 14 days.
  • Patients travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons, and that reason is certified by registered medical practitioner or person holding an equivalent qualification outside the State.
  • Passengers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the 14-day prior to arrival.
  • A member of the Gardaí or Defence Forces personnel travelling to the State in the course of performing his or her duties.
  • Essential workers who have written certification issued by a state body under the regulation.
  • A person who travels to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation.
  • Travel to perform the function of or provide services to an office holder or elected representative, where such travel to Ireland is required to continue providing such services or performing such functions.
  • If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

Passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas, including Irish citizens, are legally required by the Irish authorities to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online. Passengers should fill out the form during the 48 hours prior to their arrival in the country.

It takes just a couple of minutes to complete on a computer, mobile phone or other device. To complete the form, you will need your passport details, your phone number and email address, your travel details (including times and dates) and the address where you will stay in the Ireland.

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 also an offence to provide false or misleading information on the form.

 

Complete the Passenger Locator Form

 

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. This includes new requirements for mandatory negative RT-PCR test results in order to travel to certain countries.

 

Restrictions travelling out of Ireland

 

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

Mandatory hotel quarantine information:
www.gov.ie/quarantine

Book quarantine hotel:
https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie/

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/