Requirements When travelling to Ireland

Travel Restrictions

Last updated 19 January 2022


Travelling to Northern Ireland


Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland on our Cairnryan to Belfast or Liverpool to Belfast routes do not have to undertake any PCR or Antigen testing, do not need to fill in any locator form and do not need to quarantine as long as they have not been outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Isles, Isle of Man) in the 10 days prior to travel. 


It is recommended, but not required, that passengers take a Lateral Flow test prior to travel and only travel if the test is negative. It is also recommended that passengers take a Lateral Flow test on days 2 and 8 after arrival (if applicable) and follow standard self-isolation advice if either test is positive.



Travelling to the Republic of Ireland


Please consult for information on travel restrictions and requirements for travelling to Ireland.


All vaccinated passengers and COVID-19 recovered passengers arriving to Ireland are required to present evidence of acceptable proof of vaccination or recovery prior to travel. Pre-travel PCR or antigen tests are no longer required.

All unvaccinated passengers and children aged 12 to 16 arriving to Ireland must be in possession of a certified RT-PCR test (i.e. not self-administered) taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

Children under 12 are exempt from any testing requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: if you have taken a COVID-19 RT-PCR test via the NHS this will not be accepted. Also a follow up RT-PCR test is recommended on day 5 after arrival (provided free through Health Service Executive)

Prior to travelling to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online. You should complete this form before arrival at the port (but not more than 72 hours before arrival in Ireland) and show your receipt at check in. This form is only available online. Paper copies are not accepted.



Passengers will be required to present their e-PLF and test certificates when boarding and may be denied boarding if they do not have the appropriate certificates in place. Passengers should also have their vaccination/recovery certificates with them for presentation.


Failure to fulfil all of the above requirements will result in you being denied boarding.

Please select from the relevant links below based on your country of residency to find out how to obtain your vaccination certificate:


England - NHS COVID Pass

Scotland - NHS COVID Vaccination Status

Wales - NHS COVID Pass

Northern Ireland - NHS Proof of Vaccination


While paper vaccine cards are accepted as proof of vaccination, we strongly advise our guests to access their NHS COVID Pass to avoid any potential issues upon arrival.