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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the gov.ie website.

The Government has introduced additional short-term restrictions on international travel. Visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South Africa and all countries in South America has been suspended. The Department of Justice has temporarily ceased accepting new visa/preclearance applications globally (with limited exemptions).

From 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine has been introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland.  Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement.

On 26 February, the Minister of Health designated an additional 13 countries and territories as “Category 2 Countries and Territories”. These countries/territories are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The 20 countries below were previously designated as “Category 2 Countries”:  

Angola, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

All passengers arriving into Ireland from these 33 countries and territories or transiting through one of these countries/territories must now complete a full mandatory 14-day period of self-quarantine if they have been in any of these countries/territories in the previous 14 days, even if they receive a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. This applies even if the passenger remains airside during transit on their journey to Ireland.

For passengers from all other countries, the quarantine period can finish earlier, if the passenger obtains a negative result of a RT-PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival in the State.

Further information on these measures is available on the gov.ie website, the website of the Irish Immigration Service Delivery, and on this Department’s country specific travel pages.

Please note that the Department’s TravelWise app has been temporarily suspended. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.

Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (only this kind of test is acceptable) 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 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 a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

If you have queries regarding travel to Ireland in the context of COVID-19, our Emergency Travel Advice Line number is +353 (0)1 613 1700.

Quarantine Requirements

A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all arrivals from 4 February. The 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. This also applies to passengers travelling from another country to Ireland, who arrive via Northern Ireland. Further details on mandatory quarantine are available at  gov.ie

Persons who started their journey in Category 2 Countries and Territories or transited through a Category 2 country or territory  must complete the full 14 days of quarantine, regardless of whether a negative test result has been received. Passengers who are transiting an airport in a Category 2 country/territory and remain airside are also considered to have arrived from that country/territory and are subject to the stricter quarantine measures.

The list of Category 2 countries and territories are: Angola, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia,Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini,French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are very limited exemptions to mandatory quarantine.  For further information please see gov.ie

Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. 

If your travel is essential you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. In particular, you should inform yourself of any restrictions on arrival.

Any consular assistance that can be provided in such circumstances will be limited. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled.  When planning any travel, citizens should also take into consideration that it may be difficult in some destinations to arrange the required RT-PCR test results for the return journey to Ireland within 72 hours of arrival.  It is also important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

For details on pre-departure COVID-19 testing, please see Dublin Airport’s website and Cork Airport’s website.

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Where to go for further travel information: