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Latest Travel Restrictions for Entry into Ireland

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Following the emergence of Omicron, the Irish government has imposed new travel restrictions for entry into Ireland. I’ve answered your most frequently asked questions below.

Just as things looked like they were getting back to normal, we are back facing travel restrictions once more. Hopefully they will be short lived, but it is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions for entry into Ireland, that apply to ALL arrivals, including Irish citizens and those who are fully vaccinated.
 

 

 
Travel restrictions for entry into Ireland or any country can change on a daily basis. I have sourced the following information from various reputable sources, (30th November 2021), however, they are subject to change.
 

 

 
I recommend you check the Gov.ie website , download the Reopen EU app and check with your airline / travel agent before travelling, to ensure there have been no further changes to travel restrictions at home or at your onward destination.
 

 

 

What are the new travel restrictions for entry into Ireland?

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ALL arrivals into the Republic of Ireland are now required to produce a negative Covid-test result regardless of vaccination status or destination you are travelling from. 
 

 

 
In addition to this all passengers arriving from Great Britain are ADVISED to undertake daily antigen tests for five consecutive days, beginning with the day of arrival – and to self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test if they develop symptoms or have a positive antigen test.
 

 

 

What tests are required?

If you are not vaccinated, a negative PCR test is required, that has been taken before departure – within 72 hours of arrival into Ireland. For vaccinated arrivals and those recently recovered from Covid-19, a negative Antigen result will suffice, taken within 48 hours of arrival into Ireland – or a PCR test if preferred.
 

 

 
It is important to note that pre-departure tests must be obtained in a professional testing centre, and can not be taken at home. You must have official proof that you have a negative test result on arrival. However post-arrival daily antigen tests that are advised by government for Great Britain arrivals, can be self-administered.
 

 

 
Airlines and ferry companies will continue to check pre-departure test compliance, with spot-checking by border management officials also maintained at points of arrival.
 

 

 

How do I find out where to get tested?

Testing has been part and parcel of travel for the past year, so there should be plenty of test centres available, regardless of your destination. Many airlines have test centres listed on their website under country information – see Aer Lingus here. Your travel agent or hotel should also be able to help you find a location close by.

Ireland has many test centres available all over the country. Gosafe offer with Antigen tests from €29 while V1Medical offer PCR tests from €89. Professional antigen tests are also available throughout various Pharmacies in Ireland, however, it is vital that they include a certificate for travel.
 

 

 

Do children need to provide negative tests too?

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Children aged 11 and under are exempt from testing. 

 

 

What if I am travelling for a short period, a day trip or overnight stay?

The government has asked that a negative test result is provided, that has been taken within 48 / 72 hours of arrival into Ireland. This means you should be able to take a test in Ireland before you depart, which should cover you for your return journey, once it is within the time frame specified – 72 hours for PCR or 48 hours for Antigen. 
 

 

 

How long will these new restrictions be in place?

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This measure will apply for a minimum of two weeks, and kept under review with a view to removal as soon as possible thereafter, taking account of the overall epidemiological situation.
 

 

 

What about the Digital Covid Certificate?

The Digital Covid Certificate was designed to facilitate movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allowed people to travel without testing if fully vaccinated, recovered from COVID-19, or had a negative test result.
 

 

 
While this is still very much in place, there was always the possibility that Emergency Brakes could be applied, and countries were free to introduce additional travel restrictions if necessary.

The emergence of Omicron has seen many European countries impose additional travel restrictions, including Malta, Portugal and now Ireland.
 

 

 

Will I need to undergo quarantine at home or in a hotel?

 
At the moment there is no requirement for arrivals to quarantine unless they are coming from one of the seven red-list countries where the Omicron variant was discovered. These countries are South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Currently the requirement is for passengers to quarantine at home for 10 days if arriving from one of these countries – regardless of vaccination status. Two PCR tests will have to be taken during this period.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is due to be reintroduced, but it is likely only to be used for people who arrive without negative PCR tests, or arrivals from red-list countries such as the above.
 

 

 

What happens if I am away and test positive?

You must produce a negative test result in order to fly into Ireland, so until you have this result you will have no choice but to stay in the country you have travelled to.
 

 

 

Will insurance cover costs if I have to stay in a hotel abroad?

Some insurance companies, including Multitrip have Covid cover included. This usually covers medical and accommodation expenses should you need to extend your stay abroad due to a Covid-19 diagnosis.
 

 

 
However, a seven-day moratorium applies to new policies, and it is possible that this cover may change due rising case numbers. It is vital you check the Ts & Cs with your travel insurance provider before purchasing.

See more here
 

 

What happens if I don’t want to travel?

 The reply to this question depends on the airline, hotel, or travel agency that you booked with. Some airlines are happy to change your booking for free, or offer a voucher, others will charge you for the privilege. In general terms, if a flight or holiday is cancelled you ARE entitled to a refund, if you decide you don’t want to travel, but the flight is operating, you are NOT entitled to a refund.

 

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