Requirements When travelling to Ireland

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Passengers travelling to Republic of Ireland

Covid-19 RT-PCR negative testing requirements

From Saturday 16th January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. 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. Passengers may be subject to prosecution, resulting in fines of up to €2,500, six months in prison or both, if they arrive in Ireland without evidence of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test or a valid exemption. Immigration officers will be checking passengers on arrival to Ireland.

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.

Quarantine requirements

A 14 Day Mandatory Quarantine is now in place for all arrivals.  Under these new regulations, which came into force on 4 February, passengers who arrive from any destination must quarantine for 14 days at the address specified on their Passenger Locator Form, with penalties for non-compliance of €2500. Limited exemptions from mandatory quarantine apply and can be found here.

You may leave home to take a RT-PCR test no less than 5 days after your arrival – if you receive written confirmation that the result of this test is negative/ ‘not detected’ your period of quarantine can end.


If you enter the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland you will be required to have a not-detected PCR test result and to observe the 14 day statutory quarantine regime. For more information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found on