Travel to Ireland
Mozambique has been designated as a “Category 2 Country” by the Department of Health. Mandatory Hotel Quarantine now 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/
You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), 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.
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.
The aim of this measure is to protect the population when there is a high risk of importation of infection from COVID-19 and from challenges posed by new variants of concern. The Category 2 list will be revised every two weeks, and the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine provision will remain in place for as long as it is needed to protect public health.
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.
As part of a wide range of travel measures announced on the 26 January, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended from midnight on the 27th January. Nationals of these countries will require to be in possession of an entry visa or transit visa, as appropriate, for travel to Ireland regardless of where they reside or the purpose of their travel to Ireland. See Government press release here.
In addition, with effect from 29 January 2021, the Department of Justice has temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally.
Increasing travel restrictions and the measures introduced as part of the Irish Government’s efforts to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 means that travel may not be possible and even if possible is not advisable unless absolutely essential. It is currently against the law for any person (regardless of nationality or passport) to travel within Ireland for non-essential purposes and people can be fined for doing so. Enforcement of this has been strongly increased over the last few days.
These measures are designed to support our public health restrictions on movement, including into and out of Ireland.
The strong advice is that everyone, regardless of their nationality, visa/preclearance status, or the origin of travel, who cannot provide proof of an essential purpose to travel to or within Ireland, should not travel to Ireland.The situation will continue to be reviewed in consultation with the relevant authorities in the coming weeks.
We intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as safety concerns abate.
In the meantime, only certain emergency cases will be processed. Further information is available on the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
For emergency visa applications, please contact the Embassy directly so that we can guide you through the application process and advise you how to submit your documentation.