I am an Irish resident currently in Britain. Can I be repatriated?
In response to the identification of a new strain of COVID-19, with effect from 9 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland whose journey originates in Great Britain or South Africa are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. Immigration officers in Ireland will be checking that passengers have evidence of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test. Any passenger who arrives into Ireland without a negative result from a pre-departure test commits an offence and may be subject to prosecution resulting in fines of up to €2,500, six months in prison or both. There are limited exemptions to this requirement which includes essential supply chain workers who hold an Annex 3 Certificate, aviation and maritime crew and drivers of heavy goods vehicles. In addition if a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey. Passengers are also advised that they should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival to Ireland and arrange through the public health system to take a further PCR test on day 5 after their arrival. Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found on Gov.ie here.
Advice for all passengers
You can choose to amend your booking online. Read more on how to amend your booking here.
For the most up to date Government advice on travel please visit https://bit.ly/2LJmOWe if you’re in the UK and https://bit.ly/34tFwbb if you’re in Ireland.