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COVID-19 – Up-to-date travel, passport and visa information

COVID-19 – Up-to-date travel, passport and visa information

Advice for Travel from Britain to Ireland

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 with an EMA-approved vaccine or recovered from COVID-19. The NHS Covid Pass, vaccination status letter, 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.

The table below sets out what fully vaccinated means.

A full course of any one of the following vaccines

Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)

7 days

2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)

14 days

2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days

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

14 days

Passengers who do not have proof of vaccination/recovery

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.

For those arriving from GB please note COVID-19 testing for the purposes of international travel is not available through the NHS and those tests will not be accepted. RT-PCR tests are only available as a private service with private providers.

Children

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.

Embassy Services

Visits to the Embassy are by appointment only, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm.

The Embassy team continues to be available to answer queries by phone and email at +44(0) 207 235 2171 or irishembassylondon@dfa.ie.

If you have an urgent query or require assistance in case of emergency out of hours, please contact the main Embassy number 02072352171 and leave a message for the Duty Officer who will then contact you as soon as possible.

You can also contact us via our Contact Form.

Consular or Brexit Assistance

Irish citizens with a consular or Brexit related query during regular working hours should email us at irishembassylondon@dfa.ie and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Passport and Visa Services

For more information, visit our Passports page and our Visa Services page.