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27 Sep 2021

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Unprecedented efforts are under way to safeguard public health and limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland continues to monitor the situation closely.

Since 19 July, the Republic of Ireland is operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. Ireland will also be welcoming visitors from Great Britain or North America who have valid proof of vaccination (with an EMA-approved vaccine) or have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days. 
Ireland will be applying an “emergency brake” mechanism, coordinated at EU level, to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest. If this “emergency brake” mechanism is applied to Great Britain or North America, the requirements will change and more detail can be found on the Irish Government website.

Only people who are fully vaccinated, or who have proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months, will be able to avail of indoor hospitality during their stay in the Republic of Ireland. 

Please read below for guidance on travel to Northern Ireland.

Visitors from the EU

Republic of Ireland
Since 19 July, the Republic of Ireland is operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. Before arriving in Ireland, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form, where you can indicate which of the following you are travelling with:

  • proof of vaccination
  • proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days
  • proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland

The form will be checked before your departure to Ireland – by your airline or ferry company – and you may be asked to show the certificate indicated on your form. Upon arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on your DCC, proof of vaccination and/or negative RT-PCR test, as appropriate. 

Travelling with 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, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults.
  • Children under 12 do not need to take a RE-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is operating a system of green, red and amber countries and the measures in place will depend on the countries from which you are arriving (or passing through). From 2 August 2021, if you’re coming from an amber list country, you must follow the amber vaccinated arrivals policy. If you have been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a day two test upon arrival; however, you will not have to quarantine or take a day eight test. The European countries that this rule applies to are:

  • EU countries
  •  Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City

You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by 

  • the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
  • Swissmedic for Switzerland

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Northern Ireland. 

You can find further details on the Northern Ireland Government website.

Visitors from Great Britain

Republic of Ireland
Visitors from Great Britain who have valid proof of vaccination or have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days will not have to undergo travel-related testing or quarantine. 

Visitors from Great Britain who don’t have valid proof of vaccination will need to:

  • show evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • undergo post-arrival testing – this will be provided through the Health Service Executive in Ireland. 

Before arriving in Ireland, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form will be checked before your departure to Ireland – by your airline or ferry company – and you may be asked to show your vaccination certificate. Upon arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on proof of vaccinations and/or negative RT-PCR tests. 

Travelling with 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.
  • 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.

Northern Ireland
If you are travelling from GB and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test before you begin your journey and should only travel if the test is negative.
Visitors from GB to Northern Ireland do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if they are travelling from within the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands) and they have not been outside the CTA in the last 10 days. You can find more information on the Northern Ireland Government website.

Visitors from North America

Republic of Ireland
Visitors from the United States or Canada who have valid proof of vaccination or have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days will not have to undergo travel-related testing or quarantine. 

If you don’t have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to:

  • show evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • undergo post-arrival testing – this will be provided through the Health Service Executive in Ireland. 

Before arriving in Ireland, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form, where you can indicate which of the following you are travelling with:

  • proof of vaccination
  • proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days
  • proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland

The form will be checked by your airline before your departure to Ireland and you may be asked to show the certificate indicated on your form. Upon arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on your DCC, proof of vaccinations and/or negative RT-PCR tests, as appropriate. 

Travelling with 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, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults.
  • Children under 12 do not need to take a RE-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is operating a system of green, red and amber countries and the measures in place will depend on the countries you are travelling from or passing through. From 2 August 2021, if you’re coming to Northern Ireland from the United States you must follow the amber vaccinated arrivals policy. If you have been fully vaccinated in the US, you will need to take a day two test upon arrival; however, you will not have to quarantine or take a day eight test. You must be fully vaccinated, with a vaccine authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA; and you must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Northern Ireland. Visitors can present a CDC card as proof of vaccination. A requirement to prove residency, in addition to the CDC card, for US arrivals may be required.

You can find more details on the Northern Ireland Government website.
 
If you’re concerned about how the situation will affect your travel plans, we recommend that you check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line or transport and accommodation providers.

We suggest that tourism businesses on the island of Ireland looking for information about COVID-19 and its impact on travel go to the relevant sections on the websites of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI. Up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19 in Northern Ireland can be found on the website of the official Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. Information and support in the Republic of Ireland can be found on the website of the Health Service Executive. For the latest travel advice, please visit the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.