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Europe > Ireland: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 551 528

Active cases: 114 389

Recovered: 431 487

Deaths: 5 652

Vaccination count: 3.9 millions

Current trend: Flattening

Data updated on 2021-11-27

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Required to fill a Public Health Passenger Locator Form
Are quarantine measures imposed? Oui
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in public transport

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Ireland's borders are open, but there are limited flights, and restrictions are in place for some arrivals.

These nationals are allowed to enter if manage to get permission:
EEA, UK and Swiss nationals and permission to enter Ireland
Non-EEA nationals and permission to enter Ireland

For more information how to get permission, find it here; https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/coming_to_live_in_ireland/permission_to_land_in_ireland.html

Fully vaccinated travelers from any of the European Union or European Economic Area countries and the United Kingdom can enter Ireland without a quarantine.

Ireland’s government accepts vaccines that are approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), specifically Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and Moderna Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca, Oxford).

Passengers must have one of the following:
- a vaccination certificate that meets specific requirements (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/#travelling-to-ireland)
- a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to Ireland), or
- a certificate of recovery issued at most 180 days prior to arrival, or
- a positive COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (taken more than 11 days prior to arrival to Ireland and at most 180 days prior to arrival),

Passengers arriving from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland (who have also not traveled outside the area in the previous 14 days) are not subject to quarantine/self-isolation if they can provide valid proof of vaccination, a recovery certificate, or a negative COVID test (specific requirements apply).

Passengers who have traveled outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland in the previous 14 days will not be subject to quarantine if they present a certificate of recovery or vaccination. If they do not have a certificate of recovery or vaccination, they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days but can test out of quarantine from day 5 onwards.

Ireland has rules and laws about who can enter the country. If you are a citizen of a country that is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or the UK, you must have permission to enter Ireland.

You get permission to enter Ireland from an immigration officer at the airport or ferry port where you enter Ireland. If you enter Ireland through Northern Ireland, you must get permission to enter after your arrival. You may also need to apply for and be granted a visa to enter Ireland (see ‘Non-EEA nationals and permission to enter Ireland’ below).

An immigration officer can refuse permission for you to enter Ireland, even if you have a visa or residence permission in Ireland.

Ireland is not part of the Schengen Area. This means that you must have a national passport or national identity card to enter Ireland from the EEA.

Please check here the full details of rules on quarantine and testing https://bit.ly/3Buk0Ay before you travel to Ireland.

Ireland is operating the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travellers arriving from the EU and EEA (https://bit.ly/3jOlbon.

Arrivals also have to fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form: https://cvd19plf-prod1.powerappsportals.com/en-us/

Tests: Required to fill a Public Health Passenger Locator Form

Quarantine: Yes
Self-isolation for 14 days required for all countries.

Information updated on 2021-11-22.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
Restrictions have been in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions have affected most aspects of life in Ireland.

From midnight 18 November 2021:

-Pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and licenced venues must close at midnight. Hotel bars can continue to serve drinks for residents to drink in their rooms.
-You should work from home if you can.
-You must show proof of immunity to go to the cinema or theatre.

A maximum of 10 people aged 18 and over are allowed per table. The maximum number allowed per table including children aged under 18 is 15 people.

In addition:

-Pubs and restaurants must close at midnight
-You should wear a face covering when you are not sitting at your table
-There are no time limits on sittings
-You can order or collect food or drink at a service counter or bar, but you cannot sit or eat there
-If you do not have proof of vaccination or recovery, or you cannot show that the proof you have belongs to you, the bar or restaurant should refuse admission
-One member of your group must give their details to the pub or restaurant for contact tracing
-Multiple table bookings are allowed
-If you do not have proof of immunity, you can sit in an outdoor section of the pub or restaurant

Nightclubs and live entertainment can reopen with 100% capacity for people with proof of immunity. Standing capacity at live concerts and live entertainment is restricted to 1500 people.

In addition:

-Clubs and venues must close at midnight
-You can buy drinks at the bar, but venues must make sure that people who are queuing for drinks keep one metres distance from each other.
-You must wear a face covering when you are not drinking, eating or dancing.
-Tickets must be secured in advance at least one hour before arrival at the event. If the venue operates as a pub or restaurant up to a certain time, and has dancing or live entertainment later, you can stay in the venue. You must still get a ticket to attend the dancing or live entertainment

You can read the full guidance on nightclubs and live entertainment (https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/updated-guidelines-for-nightlife-and-live-entertainment-sector/)

-All shops and retail can reopen. You must wear a face covering.
-Personal services (like hairdressers) are open by appointment.

Click here for full details https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/covid19/living_with_covid19_plan.html#l080d2

Mask use
Masks are required in public transport

Gatherings: Allowed
Activities have no limits on numbers. Organisers should have protective measures in place.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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