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Updates on Travel into Ireland


Covid-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it is now 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 much non-essential international travel currently.

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. 

 As of November 30th, the emergency brake mechanism is currently not in place for the United States.

What to do when travelling to Ireland from the US:

  1. All passengers travelling to Ireland are required to complete an online Passenger Locator Form (ePLF) before boarding. When you complete the form, you will receive a receipt by email which you will be asked to show when boarding your flight, and to the relevant authority at your port of entry.

    The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is available online only, and must be filled out no more than 72 hours 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.

  2. After 00.01am on Friday 3 December 2021, anyone arriving into Ireland from overseas has to show a certified (that is to say, not self-administered) negative/not-detected test for COVID-19. To be clear, if your flight departs on December 2 but lands in Ireland after 00.01am on Friday 3 then you will need to be tested. 

    Your status

    Antigen test

    RT-PCR test

    Vaccinated or recovered

    Negative test no more than 48 hours before you arrive

    Negative test no more than 72 hours before you arrive

    Not vaccinated

    Not valid

    Negative test no more than 72 hours before you arrive

    *please see below what is considered fully vaccinated).

     Air and sea carriers will be required to carry out pre-boarding checks for compliance, supplemented by BMU/GNIB spot-checks on arrivals at ports and airportsl. This measure will apply for a minimum period of two weeks, and kept under review with a view to removal as soon as possible thereafter taking account of the overall epidemiological situation.

    Persistent Positive tests after recovery:

    In situations where a person is required to present evidence of a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test result prior to travel, and is unable to do so due to a persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, then a positive RT-PCR test result will be acceptable which was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival to the State.

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.

For the latest up-to-date information on what to do if you are travelling to Ireland at this time, please see the Irish Government website

Further information on the regime can be viewed here 


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.

Up-to-date travel advice for the United States is available here.

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.

EU Digital COVID Certificate Third Country portal

There is now a system in place to enable Irish citizens vaccinated outside the EU (including those vaccinated in the US) to apply for an EU Digital Covid certificate. 

Applicants are required to hold:

  • a valid Irish Passport
  • proof of vaccination from the relevant issuing authority in the country of vaccination
 Further details are available here

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