Travel to Ireland amidst Covid-19 pandemic: essentials to know before departure

brief guide on ireland travel restrictions when planning business trips to the country

Our brief guide on Ireland travel restrictions when planning business trips to the Country. Learn how to comply with national regulations regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

Covid-19 specific public health measures  in Ireland were lifted on March 6, 2022. Since then, the Irish authorities have not introduced new travel restrictions. Thus, travel to Ireland during Covid-19 restrictions may not differ much from the pre-pandemic experience. However, international travel is never free of risk during pandemic.

This article provides you with updates on testing, self-isolation, lockdown measures and other information essential to know before travelling to the Emerald Isle.

Table of contents

  1. Conditions of entry in Ireland
  2. Transiting Ireland
  3. Covid Certificate
  4. Quarantine regulations
  5. Lockdown requirements
  6. Travelling within Ireland
  7. Ask our experts
 

1. Restrictions in Ireland on entry conditions

As of today, no particular Covid-19 requirements apply to travellers to Ireland. This is valid regardless of a country of departure or vaccination status of passengers. Thus, inbound travelers are not required to complete Passenger Locator Form (the questionnaire used by public health authorities for contact tracing). As a general rule, a valid travel document and possibly a visa are required to enter Ireland.

2. Transiting Ireland

Passengers taking flights with a stopover at Irish airports shall ensure they comply with the entry requirements in the country of  their final destination. In case travel rules in that country provide for a pre-departure negative Covid-19 test result, Dublin Airport offers the possibility to undergo diagnostic tests at its Covid Test Points.

3. Covid-19 Certificate in Ireland

Effective from March 6, 2022, for the purpose of entering the Republic, it is no longer required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test result. As of the same date, the post-arrival test requirement was abolished.

4. Quarantine restrictions in Ireland

Inbound passengers do not have to self-isolate only on the grounds they are arriving from overseas. However, in the presence of symptoms associated with Covid-19, any person has to contact the Health Service Executive (the public healthcare system in Ireland, responsible for the provision of health services) and follow their indications relating to self-isolation or diagnostic procedures, such as antigen or PCR testing.

5. Lockdown Requirements in Ireland

Currently, there are no lockdown restrictions in Ireland. Restaurants, bars, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, retail shops are open to the public with protection measures in place. There are no limits on number of participants in the mass events. In addition, Irish government doesn’t enact curfew and the opening hours of venues are not restricted.

As far as mask wearing is concerned, although they are not requird by law, local authorities encourage their wearing on public transport and in healthcare settings.

Furthermore, the requirement to keep a distance of 2 meters from other persons is no longer in force. However, keeping a distance is a good practice, as it helps to reduce the risk of infection.

6. Travelling within Ireland

There are no specific Covid-19 restrictions on domestic movement within the island. Public transport is operating at full capacity.

Please note that Covid travel rules, and, consequently, information provided in this article, may be subject to change at short notice or without notice at all. Therefore, we recommend that you regularly monitor the provisions or seek advice from our experts.

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