Entry Requirements for Ireland

Aer Lingus notes the Government's decision applying significant additional restrictions to passengers arriving into Ireland from all countries from Saturday 16th January 2021.

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

The Irish Government requires all persons travelling to Ireland to provide a negative result of a 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 PCR test result - that can subsequently be verified by Border Control staff in Ireland - prior to boarding.

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/.

Aer Lingus customers that do not wish to travel can change their flight for free (a fare difference may apply) up to two hours before travel, on every Aer Lingus fare type, including our Saver fare.



  • 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.
  • Passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling onwards to another state and do not leave the airport are also not required to provide evidence of a test.
  • 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.

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. 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


PCR Testing Facilities in Ireland


PCR Testing Facilities in Ireland

Vida Care https://vidacare.ie/ Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport
Randox https://booking.randox.ie/ Randox Health Travel Centre Dublin Airport
Rocdoc https://rocdoc.ie/ Nationwide
Better2know https://www.better2know.ie/ Nationwide
Let's Get Checked https://www.letsgetchecked.com/ Home Test Kit
Travel Health Clinic http://www.travelhealth.ie/ Dawson St, Dublin 2
Tropical Medical Bureau https://www.tmb.ie/ Nationwide
Code Blue https://codeblue.ie/ Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Vivo Clinic https://vivoclinic.com/ VIVO Clinic, Dublin 2


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 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:

ECDC (European Centre for Disease Control) Traffic Light System Map:

Temporary suspension of the Irish Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme:

Local government information: