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Updates on Travel into Ireland


New advice and rules for international travel came into effect in Ireland in July. Covid-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel prudently and there are risks, so please consider your need to travel carefully.  The US government advises against most non-essential international travel currently, and suggests that travellers reconsider their travel to much of the world, including to Ireland.

Ireland has broadly aligned itself to the EU approach to non-essential travel into the EU from third countries.  This alignment continues to be subject to the prevailing public health situation.  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 August 30, the emergency brake mechanism is currently not in place for the United States.

What to do on entering Ireland from the US:

PCR test before travel

  • Passengers arriving to Ireland that are fully vaccinated (verifiable proof such as CDC vaccination card required) will not require a pre-departure PCR test, or further day 5 PCR test or quarantine (*please see below what is considered fully vaccinated).

  • Passengers who can show proof of recovery from COVID 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.

*Travellers should, however, 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 age 12 and over are recommended to take a RT-PCR test on day 5.

Passenger Locator Form

  • All passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is available online only, and must be filled out no more than 72 before arrival to the Irish State. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.  Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements.

  • Unaccompanied minors (under 12) are not required to complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form; all other passengers must complete the passenger locator form.

Additional information

  • Persons who feel unwell or experience symptoms of COVID-19 while in Ireland should self-isolate and contact their General Practitioner or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850 immediately as per the Health Service Executive guidance. For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 or 112.

Further information on the regime can be viewed here 

Returning to the US from Ireland

  • You will 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.

  • For additional information on returning to the US from Ireland and other US travel updates, please refer to the US Embassy in Dublin.

*Fully Vaccinated

Full course of any one of the following vaccines:

Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®),

7 days

Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®),

14 days

Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria®)

15 days

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

14 days


Only these vaccines, which are the equivalent of those recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and approved by the European Commission, are acceptable in order to qualify for this exemption.

To avail of this exemption you must carry with you a Certification of Vaccination.  This means carrying a record or evidence in written or electronic form in the Irish language or the English language, or, where in a language other than the Irish or English language, an official translation into the Irish or English language, that contains the following information: 

    • confirmation that the person to whom the certification applies is a vaccinated person;
    • the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated;

the body in the state concerned  implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of that state that administered the vaccination to the person concerned.

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