Travel to Ireland
All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. Children aged six and under are exempt from this requirement. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see www.gov.ie and the HSE website.
If you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, you must enter Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. Passengers will be required to complete 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine at a designated facility, this could be reduced if a passenger receives a not-detected result of a COVID-19 test that is taken after ten days. It may also be extended if a passenger tests positive during their stay.
Mandatory Hotel Quarantine also applies to all travellers arriving into Ireland from Category 2 countries after 4am on the morning of Friday, 26 March. This applies to all travellers coming from designated States, including those who have transited through a port or airport in a designated State, even if they stay airside or portside, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Ireland, regardless of nationality. These travellers are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay. The booking portal is now live. Details for travellers are listed on the website:- https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/
As part of a wide range of travel measures announced on 26 January 2021, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally, with the exception of certain priority and emergency cases. We have now resumed the acceptance of visa applications.
We would draw your attention to the fact that COVID-19 restrictions are severely affecting visa processing times. Priority and emergency applications may take several weeks to be processed. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, we ask that you do not contact the Embassy to seek updates on your application.