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Covid-19 Update July 20, 2021

Covid-19 Update July 20, 2021

Updated Information on Travel to Ireland from July 20

From 19 July, subject to the prevailing public health situation, Ireland will broadly align itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from the United States. 

To protect its citizens against importation of variants, 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. Government advice will be to avoid travel to a country where the emergency brake has been applied. In essence, subject to the COVID situation at the time, and assuming EU has not applied the 'emergency brake' to the US due to a growth of variants of concern, then vaccinated persons arriving into Ireland from the US from 19 July onwards will not need to home quarantine.

As of July 20, the emergency brake mechanism is currently not in place for the United States.

Entering Ireland from the US from 19 July:

PCR test before travel

  • Passengers arriving to Ireland that are fully vaccinated (verifiable proof such as CDC vaccination card) will not require a pre-departure PCR test, or further day 5 PCR test or quarantine.
  • All passengers who are not vaccinated must present a pre-departure PCR test (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland) AND require 14 day home quarantine with release after a negative RT-PCR test after 5 days.

Travelers should check with their airline to ensure that they comply with any separate testing requirements demanded by their carrier prior to travel.

Accompanying Children

  • Children aged 11 or under will not require any pre-departure tests to travel into Ireland.
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12-17 will be required to present a pre-departure negative PCR (taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland).
  • Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival.
  • When travelling with both vaccinated and unvaccinated adults (who will be required to home quarantine), unvaccinated children should also home quarantine.
  • Any unvaccinated children aged 12 and over are recommended to take a RT-PCR test on day 5.

 Passenger Locator Form

All passengers, vaccinated or not, arriving into Ireland from overseas are required to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. This form is only available online. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. 

Please check the Irish Government Advice Page for further up-to-date information on COVID 19 travel restrictions. All guidance is subject to change and travelers should check current requirements before travelling.

You will also need to check any re-entry requirements for the United States. You may be required to obtain a test before returning to the United States; Please check and the website of your state health department for the most up-to-date requirements.

Guidance for unvaccinated travelers:

Tests: All passengers are required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction). This is the only kind of test acceptable and must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Please note: this is not a Rapid Test and can take 24-48 hours to get a result, please plan accordingly. Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirements. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. 

PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM: All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. From July 12, all Passenger Locator Forms must be completed online. The online form is available here.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been in a designated state in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. If you are travelling from or via a designated state you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine. Arrivals from designated states are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. It is important to note that the list of designated states will be subject to change at short notice and passengers are required to check the list before travelling to Ireland, to be sure of their obligations.

If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.


The Consulate is no longer mailing or accepting passport application forms. The Passport Service is now directing all Irish citizens to use the online system to complete their passport application. 

As of April 29th, the Passport Service has expanded services offered through the online passport application system and is operational for all applicant types in the United States.

The expanded online service will now include: 

First time applicants - Adults, minors, and renewals/replacements over 5 years outdated

The online system already offers services for:

Renewing a passport that expired within the last 5 years

Renewing a passport to change your name

Replacing a passport that is lost/stolen/damaged/visa pages are full

To access the online system, please visit:


As part of a wide range of travel measures announced on the 26 January, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended from midnight on the 27th January. Nationals of these countries will require to be in possession of an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, for travel to Ireland regardless of where they reside or the purpose of their travel to Ireland.

See Government press release here

These measures are designed to support public health restrictions on movement, including into and out of Ireland. The strong advice therefore is that everyone, regardless of their nationality or visa/preclearance status, or where they started from, who cannot provide proof of an essential purpose to travel to, should not travel to Ireland.

Please note that all passengers arriving into Ireland from designated states after 4am on the morning of Friday 26 March are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay. Further information can be found here.

In addition, with effect from 29 January 2021, the Department of Justice has taken the decision to temporarily cease accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally.

In the meantime, only certain emergency cases will be processed. Further information is available on the website of Immigration Service Delivery.

The following categories have been added to the list of Priority/Emergency cases and processing of these categories resumes immediately:-

  1. Long-stay Join Family Members including:
  • all Long Stay D Visa join family applications (includes Third country national family members of Irish national
  • Preclearance applications for: De Facto Partner of an Irish National; De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and Non EEA Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland.
  1. People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business
  2. Persons exercising free movement under the EU Directive.

It remains the position that we are not accepting any short stay visa applications, except for cases that fall under the Emergency/Priority criteria set out below. The suspension of short stay and other long stay categories such as English Language Study applications will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks.

The Priority/Emergency cases that will continue to be accepted and processed include the following:

  • People travelling for business/employment purposes and granted an employment permit by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to meet an enterprise’s key business (* See Clarification);
  • Patients travelling for imperative medical reasons;
  • Transport workers or transport service providers, including drivers of freight vehicles carrying goods for use in the territory as well as those merely transiting;
  • Pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis and Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of 3rd level study;
  • Join Family applications;
  • Preclearance applications from De Facto Partner of an Irish National, De Facto Partner of a Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder, or of a non EEA Researcher on a Hosting Agreement and Family members looking to join a UK National in Ireland;
  • Persons travelling for imperative family* or business reasons;
  • Persons entitled to avail of the provision of the EU Free Movement Directive;
  • 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;
  • Seafarers;
  • Journalists, when performing their duties.

(Clarification) This includes the following categories previously listed:

  • Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including healthcare 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.

* Applicants seeking to travel for imperative family reasons are assessed on an individual basis and are largely confined to emergency cases that may arise in a family situation. Applications will be determined by examining the circumstances and supporting documentation of each case on an individual basis. While we appreciate how difficult it is to be separated from a loved one or to miss a family occasion or milestone, unfortunately these do not constitute an imperative family reason for a short stay visa application at this time due to public health concerns.

For emergency visa applications, please contact us directly so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.


The processing of Working Holiday Authorisations is temporarily suspended until further notice.


The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations or FBRs (through which Irish citizenship can be claimed by persons with a grandparent born on the island of Ireland) has also resumed following the lifting of the level 5 restriction on December 2nd. Applications that have been sent to the FBR team have been securely held and will now be processed in strict date order. At present, due to the complex nature of the FBR it takes between 12 to 18 months to process a completed FBR application. 

Please note that the Consulate has no role in the processing of FBR applications. As such, we are unable to advise on the eligibility of an applicant, on the content of applications or the status of existing applications.

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