Pre-Departure and Quarantine Requirements
News10 April 2021
Requirements for Passengers Arriving to Ireland from the United States of America
Updated 9 April
The Government of Ireland strongly advise against all non-essential travel to Ireland.
The Government of Ireland has introduced stricter measures, including more control and enforcement and higher penalties, regarding non-essential international travel which is in breach of Ireland's Level 5 restrictions under the National Framework on Living with COVID-19. Persons travelling to and from airports may be asked to provide proof of essential travel.
If you intend to travel from the United States of America to Ireland, please be aware you are required to follow the below steps.
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, all of these requirements also apply to individuals who are vaccinated.
- You will need to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.
- To complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online, please visit https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ab900-covid-19-passenger-locator-form/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/locatorform/
- Paper versions of the form are also available at points of entry into Ireland, if required.
- You will need to obtain a negative result from a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test (i.e. COVID-19 not detected) before you travel.
- Passengers from all countries will be required to show evidence of a negative result from a pre-departure PCR COVID-19 test (COVID-19 not detected) taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.
- Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/’not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival in Ireland.
- Passengers who arrive in an Irish Airport or Sea Port without evidence of a negative/‘not detected’ test result commit an offence and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.
- The PCR COVID-19 test is currently the only test type considered acceptable by public health authorities in Ireland in relation to international travel.
- Exemptions are limited to international transport workers, including hauliers, pilots and aviation crew, masters and maritime crew, and members of An Garda Síochána in the course of their duties. Children under six will also be exempt. For more information, please click here.
- If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, please contact the Consulate for advice and consular assistance before commencing a journey.
If you are arriving in Ireland before 04:00am Irish time on 15 April 2021, you will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Ireland.
- A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all travellers.
- This applies to all travellers entering the State, including Irish citizens coming home and people with no symptoms.
- This means that you may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.
- You are required to quarantine for 14 days after your arrival in Ireland.
- After a minimum of 5 full days in quarantine after your arrival in Ireland, you may leave to take a RT-PCR test. If you receive written confirmation that the result of this test is negative/ ‘not detected’ your period of quarantine can end. The PCR COVID-19 test is currently the only test type considered acceptable by public health authorities in Ireland in relation to international travel. Testing provision under Ireland’s framework for international travel will not be provided through the public health system, but will be met by the private commercial sector testing supply and paid for by passengers.
- More information can be found on the Government of Ireland’s website: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
If you are arriving in Ireland after 04:00am Irish time on 15 April 2021, you will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Ireland in a designated quarantine facility (Mandatory Hotel Quarantine).
- You will be required to quarantine at a designated facility (Mandatory Hotel Quarantine), and to have pre-booked prior to travel.
- On arrival in Ireland you will be greeted and escorted to a designated quarantine facilty.
- You must complete a minimum period of 10 days of mandatory quarantine in a hotel. However, if you receive a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken on day 10, your period of quarantine may be completed at home (i.e. the remaining 4 days of the total 14 day quarantine period).
- More information can be found on the Government of Ireland’s website – https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/