July 29, 2021

Ireland Updates Travel Entry Requirements

Following the announcement by the Irish Government, passengers arriving in Ireland from inside the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland no longer require proof of a negative PCR test or to complete quarantine if they have valid proof of vaccination. This is in line with the introduction of the EU Digital Certificate (DCC) system, which facilitates travel within the EU without quarantine requirements if the holder satisfies one or more of the below 3 exemption categories:

    • That they been vaccinated
    • That they have recovered from COVID-19 in the preceding six months
    • They have had a recent negative COVID test

The DCC will provide a scannable QR code confirming the above is satisfied.

For passengers arriving in Ireland from outside the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (including those from Great Britain and the U.S.), an “emergency brake” mechanism will be coordinated at an EU level to react swiftly to any emergence of a COVID variant or concern.

    • If the passenger’s journey into Ireland originates in a country whereby no “emergency brake” has been applied, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary if the entrant has valid proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID in the last 180 days. Without such proof, the passenger will be required to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and complete self-quarantine for 14 days. If they then receive a negative RT-PCR test result from day 5 onwards after arrival, they will be permitted to leave quarantine.
    • If the passenger’s journey originates in a country to which an “emergency brake” has been applied, even with valid proof of vaccination or proof of COVID recovery within the last 180 days, the entrant will be required to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and undergo self-quarantine. If they then receive a negative RT-PCR test result from day 5 onwards after arrival, they will be permitted to leave quarantine.
    • If the passenger’s journey originates in a country to which an “emergency brake” has been applied and they do not have proof of vaccination or recovery, the entrant will need to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and undergo mandatory hotel quarantine. If they then receive a negative RT-PCR test result from day 10 onwards after arrival, they will be permitted to leave quarantine.

What is the impact?

The above rules will apply to all passengers arriving or returning to Ireland, including Irish citizens.

For further information on travel and entry into Ireland, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.
 

 
Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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