Notice - Coronavirus
Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) applies to passengers travelling to Ireland from high risk countries, including those who have transited through a port or airport in a high risk country, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Ireland. Very limited exemptions apply to travellers from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.
While MHQ does not generally apply to arrivals from GB, please be aware:
- Arrivals from red-listed countries transiting via GB to Ireland must, if they go landside at the point of arrival, enter hotel quarantine in GB before completing their journey: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england
- A person who enters hotel quarantine (10 days in GB) should remain in the UK until 14 days have passed since they were in or travelling through a red-list country, before travelling onwards to Ireland (with a negative RT-PCR test within the 72 hours before arrival in Ireland).
- Travellers transiting through GB from a red-listed country en route to Ireland, if they remain airside, are not required to enter hotel quarantine in the UK. Hotel quarantine rules will apply on arrival in Ireland. Important to check the rules on transit before you travel.
MHQ will also apply to all those who cannot provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within the 72 hours before arrival in Ireland – including arrivals from GB.
While strong advice remains to avoid non-essential international travel, if you must travel to Ireland from GB, you must take the following steps:
- All travellers (apart from hauliers and children aged 6 & under) must have a negative pre-departure RT-PCR #COVID19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. NHS tests are not available for travel purposes. A list of private providers is here.
- A legal requirement to quarantine at home for 14 days is now in place. Arrivals whose journey has originated in GB can get a second RT-PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival, & if they receive a negative result, they can end their period of quarantine then.
- All arrivals from Britain must also complete a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.
The requirement to complete the form, provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR Test, and quarantine for 14 days, is enforceable by law.
For further information and advice please visit Gov.ie.
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