Entry Requirements for Ireland

Important notice as of

Passengers are responsible for ensuring all required travel documents are complete and valid. Failure to comply with destination countries' requirements may result in being refused entry, fines and return transport at your expense.

Please make sure you are fully aware of all travel documents required and bring proof of completion with you to the airport.

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.

Passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas, including Irish citizens, and those transiting through Ireland to another destination are legally required by the Irish authorities to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online. Printed versions of the form are no longer accepted. 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 prior to boarding their flight and 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.

From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. This is not a precondition for travel, but it does make travelling within the EU easier. You will still need to adhere to the travel restrictions for the country you're travelling to.

A DCC will show if a passenger:

  • is vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • has recovered from COVID-19; or
  • has a negative test result

Passengers arriving into Ireland with a DCC will not have to undergo quarantine.

However, passengers with a DCC based on a non-RT-PCR test (for example, antigen), or those arriving without a DCC, will require proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Children aged 11 or under will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.

Children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR (taken in previous 72 hours before arrival).

Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival.

A passenger who has been in a non-EU/EEA country in the 14 days prior to arrival into Ireland will be subject to the rules applying to that country.

All passengers will be advised to observe public health restrictions and to present for post-arrival testing if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

From 19 July, Ireland will also broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries. This includes passengers arriving from the UK and the USA.

An 'Emergency Brake' mechanism will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest.


Arriving from a country that the EU has NOT applied an 'Emergency Brake'?

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • undergo self-quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing (this will be provided through the HSE)

 

Arriving from a country that the EU has applied an 'Emergency Brake'?

If you have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:

  • produce a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo self-quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing (this will be provided through the HSE)

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:

  • produce evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test undertaken no more than 72 hours before arrival
  • undergo mandatory hotel quarantine
  • undergo post-arrival testing

There will be no restrictions on travel to or from Northern Ireland.

Passengers arriving from via Northern Ireland who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to arrival in Ireland, must also comply with these restrictions.

 

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.

 

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

EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC):
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/3a698-eu-digital-covid-certificate/

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

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

Mandatory hotel quarantine booking:
https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie/

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