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Ireland’s Covid-19 Entry Requirements

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Ireland – a country known for its enchanting beauty, timeless adventure, unique culture, and of course… historic castles and Guiness beer just to name a few. 

Ireland started reopening on July 21, 2020, but has changed entry requirements and rules a few times as Europe adapts to the surges of the pandemic. 

Here you’ll find all the latest Covid-19 entry requirements for Ireland and everything travelers need to know before booking their trip. 

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Countries Permitted To Visit Ireland

All Countries. 

Technically, all nations and countries are permitted entry into Ireland, under all ‘pre-covid’ visa laws. 

As of December 2021, visa exemption to nationals of Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa has been suspended.

Online Authorization Form To Visit Ireland

All arrivals into Ireland, both residents and tourists alike, will have to complete the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form before entering the country. 

Ireland’s COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Starting January 8, 2021, passengers entering or transiting Ireland will need to bring proof of a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival. Those with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival or a vaccine certificate can enter with a 48-hour rapid test.

Starting January 7, 2022, fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to undergo testing.

Approved vaccines include:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm
  • A mixed dose of the above vaccines

Only Rapid Antigen Tests which are listed on the common EU Rapid Antigen Test list will be accepted and it must be carried out by a health professional or skilled testing personnel. 

Quarantine Programs in Ireland

Visitors do not need to undergo quarantine upon arrival in Ireland.

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COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Ireland

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Ireland

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Ireland:

  • A vaccine or recovery certificate is required for indoor events, cinemas, and theatres.
  • Wearing a mask is required by law on public transit, and should be worn in all public places. 
  • Social distancing of 2 metres.
  • Collection of contact tracing data.
  • Protective measures for outdoor activities and nightclubs.
  • Restaurants, bars, and indoor events are required to cease activity by 8 pm.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Ireland has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) for entry. However, they are required to enter tourist areas once in Ireland.

Visa Entry Requirements For Ireland During COVID-19

Many countries can visit Ireland Visa-free. 

Of course, EU/EEA nations have freedom of movement agreement with Ireland, and other nations like Canada, USA, Australia, Japan and Singapore can all visit visa-free.

If you are a citizen of a nation that requires a visa, you will have to apply at the Irish consulate in your home country before entry. 

As of December 2021, visa exemption to nationals of Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa has been suspended.

Visa Policy of Ireland – credit: TwoFortnights

Ireland Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check to see if you need a Visa to enter Ireland
  2. Fill our your Passenger Locator Form
  3. Understand your testing and/or quarantine requirements upon arrival
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Ireland

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

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Mark morris

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I am a commercial skipper delivering a yacht to a costumer, I will arrive at night and fly straight out on the first flight. What am I required to do apart from the travel locator form.


Monday 14th of December 2020

You say the people is a luto go there but is the embassy website says they are not giving turist visa. Please can u explain me about that ?


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Everything is closed in ireland and we are prohibited from traveling further than 5km from our home. There is no point in coming to Ireland now, and you will be turned back at one of the hundreds of checkpoints around the country. That’s a very important detail for your readers to be aware of.