Travel Restrictions

To Republic of Ireland & The Netherlands from Great Britain

Travel Restrictions to Ireland from Great Britain & South Africa text on a red background
Travel Restrictions

Passengers travelling to Republic of Ireland from Britain & France
In response to the identification of new strains of COVID-19, all passengers aged 6 and over arriving into Ireland are required to present evidence (email, text or document) of a negative test result from a Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival. Immigration officers in Ireland will be checking that passengers have evidence of a negative PCR Covid-19 test result. Any passenger arriving into Ireland without a negative result from a pre-departure test is committing 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 crew, maritime crew and heavy goods vehicles drivers. If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency which requires urgent travel, they should contact their nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before starting their journey. Passengers are advised that they should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival into Ireland and arrange to take a further PCR test on day 5 after their arrival through the public health system. For more information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found on

Passengers must also complete a Public Health Locator Form prior to travel.

Passengers travelling to Holland

Permitted travel to the Netherlands is dependent on your situation. Please check what possible conditions may affect you before you travel. If you are refused entry it is your/the customer’s responsibility to cover your/their own cost of travel back to their original point of departure. Please refer to the most current information.

In order to enter the Netherlands, passengers must provide:

If you cannot show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, you will not be permitted to enter the Netherlands. Failure to comply with the above restrictions is a criminal offence and may result in a fine being administered. View the most current Dutch Travel Restrictions.


Passengers travelling to France

Following the French Government’s nightly curfew announcement, all passengers disembarking in France are required to carry an exemption certificate to confirm their reason for travel during curfew hours. The form can be completed online or printed. The exemption certificate must be carried with you at all times and presented to authorities upon their request. Failure to comply may result in a €135 fine.

Further information on the night curfew & the exemption certificate.

French Authorities have also directed that all UK passport holders entering France from Ireland will need to present printed evidence of a negative result from a privately undertaken (not NHS) pre-departure COVID-19 PCR or other antigen test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival. A COVID-19 Declaration Form must also be completed. UK passport holders who permanently reside in the Irish Republic are exempt but must have proof of Irish residence (e.g. scanned utility bill). Failure to comply will likely result in you being denied entry into France.

Passengers travelling from the UK also need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case in the preceding fortnight, as well as a signed ‘travel certificate’, confirming their reason for travel. These can be found on the French Government’s Website. UK Passport holders living in the Republic of Ireland do not need to complete the sworn statement and travel certificate but do need to show evidence of their permanent residential address in the Irish Republic.

Advice for all passengers
You can choose to amend your booking online. Read more on how to amend your booking.

For the most up to date Government advice on travel please refer to the following information, UK Residents or Irish Residents.