All passengers arriving in Ireland must fill out the online Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure.
Passengers who have proof of vaccination/recovery
Travellers arriving in Ireland from Great Britain will not be required to provide pre-departure RT-PCR tests or to quarantine on arrival if they have valid proof that: they are fully vaccinated, or recovered from Covid-19. The NHS Covid Pass, vaccination status letter (which you can apply for via NHS Inform), paper vaccine card or proof of a positive RT-PCR COVID-19 test result at least 11 days prior to arrival (and no more than 180 days prior) will all be accepted.
You are regarded as fully vaccinated:
- 7 days after second dose Pfizer
- 14 days after second dose Moderna
- 15 days after second dose AstraZeneca
- 14 days after one (only) dose Janssen
All batch numbers of AstraZeneca will be accepted incl. 4120Z001, 4120Z002 & 4120Z003.
Passengers who do not have proof of vaccination/recovery
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. 14 days home quarantine will apply but people who take a second RT-PCR test, provided by the HSE, from day 5 after arrival can end quarantine early with a negative result.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery. Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.
Individuals travelling from Great Britain to Ireland via Northern Ireland should also complete the online Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form and follow the guidance above.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, and in particular the prevalence of the Delta variant, travel continues to carry an element of risk and travel rules are subject to change at very short notice, including the potential application of the “emergency brake” mechanism. We advise checking Gov.ie in case of updates before travel.
The Scottish Government’s guidance on travel and transport is available here.
The UK’s Brexit transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. Information on Brexit is available from the Embassy of Ireland here.
The Consulate General of Ireland will be operating on an appointment only basis until further notice. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 0131 226 7711 or email EdinburghConGen@dfa.ie
For information on Passports please click here.
For information on visas please visit https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/great-britain/our-services/visas/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org and put London Visa Office in the subject bar.
Emergency consular assistance will continue to be provided. Please call 0131 226 7711.
If you are calling outside of office hours, you will be prompted to leave a message. After the tone, record your message stating your name, a brief description of the situation and a contact number. The Duty Officer will call you back.
Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh
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