Last updated 1 June 2021
Passengers travelling to Republic of Ireland until 18 July 2021
Covid-19 RT-PCR negative testing requirements
All passengers arriving into Ireland, including those travelling from Great Britain, are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure non-NHS COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. Lateral flow tests are not applicable. This evidence must also include the date of test, test centre and contact details for the test centre for verification purposes.
Passengers are required to present evidence of a negative result at point of boarding and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Please note if you have taken a COVID-19 RT PCR test via the NHS this will not be accepted and you will be refused entry to Ireland on arrival.
If you come to Ireland without a negative or 'not detected' PCR test, you must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel at your own expense. More information can be found here.
There are limited exemptions to this requirement which includes essential supply chain workers who hold an Annex 3 Certificate, aviation and maritime crew, drivers of heavy goods vehicles, and An Garda Síochána. Children aged 6 and under are also exempt from the testing requirement, although they are advised to restrict movements for 14 days. 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 follow the public health advice in place for international arrivals in addition to adhering to local restrictions in place.
Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found here.
If you are travelling to Ireland from, or have transited through, certain high risk countries, you must complete a mandatory 14 day hotel quarantine.
The quarantine facility must be booked in advance of the passenger’s arrival in Ireland. The booking can be made here and the cost must be borne by the passenger. Any passenger who is subject to the mandatory quarantine process that cannot produce their hotel booking receipt is to be denied boarding. Find out more here.
Exemptions to mandatory hotel quarantine:
Families or individuals travelling with new-born babies (no older than four weeks old) will not be required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine.
People arriving from a designated state that are deemed fully vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine and a negative PCR test will be exempt from entering mandatory hotel quarantine and may quarantine at home. Any dependants (which includes children) accompanying a fully vaccinated adult are also exempt. View more information on mandatory quarantine exemptions here.
All other passengers must quarantine for 14 days at the location specified on their passenger locator form following their arrival. However, the quarantine period may be reduced if a negative test result is received from a test taken no less than 5 days after arrival. Testing is free when arranged through the Health Service Executive. To book a test, please visit www.gov.ie/test. Further information is available here.
Due to concerns about the new variant of COVID-19, people travelling from Great Britain are strongly encouraged to avail of free testing 5 days after arrival in Ireland.
If you come to Ireland without a negative or 'not detected' PCR test, you must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel. More information can be found here.
There are limited exemptions to this requirement, which include essential supply chain workers.
Passenger Locator Form
Passengers arriving into Ireland from any country that isn't on the list of high risk ‘category 2’ countries, including if you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.
If you don't fill out this form you can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months. Further information can be found here.
The form should be completed online within 48 hours of your arrival into Ireland. Please remember to enter ‘N/A’ when asked for your ‘Flight of Ferry number’.
Any passenger who breaches their obligations with regards to the passenger locator form, pre-departure testing or mandatory quarantine requirements are committing an offence and may be subject to prosecution.