From Monday 19th July, travellers arriving in Ireland from Great Britain do not need a pre-departure PCR test or to quarantine on arrival if they have valid proof that: they are fully vaccinated, or recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days. (NHS Covid Pass, vaccination status letter or paper vaccine card will be accepted as proof of vaccination).
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative pre-departure 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.
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 arriving into Ireland/returning to Ireland must fill out the online Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form before departure.
From 19 July, 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 under 12 do not need a PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.
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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