You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.
A relevant EU Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination, recovery or a negative RT-PCR test constitutes valid proof.
Non RT-PCR tests are not accepted when travelling to Ireland and passengers with a Digital COVID Certificate based on a non RT-PCR test (for example, antigen) require proof of an additional negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
In situations where a person is required to present evidence of a negative/'not detected' RT-PCR test prior to travel, and is unable to do so due to persistently positive RT-PCR test after recovery, then a positive RT-PCR result will be acceptable which was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to arrival to the State.
Proof of vaccination
A non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:
confirmation that the person to whom the record or evidence refers is a vaccinated person
the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated
the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of the state that administered or caused to be administered the vaccination to the person concerned
the HSE Vaccination Card is an example of acceptable non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination
A full course of any one of the following vaccines:
Regarded as vaccinated after:
2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)
2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)
2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)
1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)
Proof of Recovery - Recovery Certificates
A non-Digital COVID Certificate ‘proof of recovery’ means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:
date of birth
disease from which holder has recovered
date of holder’s first positive NAAT test result
Member State or third country in which test was carried out
dates the certificate is valid from and valid until (not more than 180 days after the date of first positive NAAT test result)
Travelling with children
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.
Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.
If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. No further travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
Travel restrictions for passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
Please note: This includes those arriving from Great Britain.
If you have been outside the EU+ area but have not been to a designated State within 14 days of arrival
If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 10 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine.
Proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test
Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate
for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries and will be accepted as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test.
Arriving from Northern Ireland
Travellers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the past 14-days are not obliged to complete a Passenger Locator Form or provide proof of vaccination, recovery or test results upon arrival into Ireland.
However travellers who have been overseas in the past 14 days are subject to the requirements based on their travel history, and according to their health status.
Arrivals to Ireland who are subject to home quarantine:
A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the electronic Passenger Locator Form
Passengers who arrive via Northern Ireland and have been overseas in the past 14-days must also observe the home quarantine regime where applicable.
• you may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period to take a COVID-19 test, or for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State
• for arrivals who are required to complete home quarantine you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival
• you must retain the written or SMS confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days
• if you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence
Full or partial exemptions for passengers from home quarantine (where applicable)
There are some limited exemptions from the requirement to complete home quarantine (where applicable):
• person arriving in the State in the course of their duty and who hold a valid Annex 3 certificate (ensuring the availability of goods and essential services)
• drivers of a heavy goods vehicle arriving in the State in the course of their duty
• airline pilots, aircrew, maritime master or maritime crew and who arrive in the State in the course of performing their duties
• a person travelling to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation
• a member of An Garda Síochána or Defence Forces travelling to the State in course of their duty
• a person travelling to the State for unavoidable, imperative and time-sensitive medical reasons and these reasons are certified by a registered medical practitioner or person with equivalent qualifications outside the State
• a person having been outside of the State to provide services to or perform the functions of an office holder (under any enactment or the Constitution) or a member of either house of the Oireachtas or the European Parliament
• diplomats and certain other categories of persons entitled to privileges and immunities in the State
The following may temporarily leave their place of quarantine when necessary to perform their essential function – and only for as long as strictly required:
• a person required to carry out essential repair, maintenance, construction or safety assurance of critical transport infrastructure, critical utility infrastructure, manufacturing services, information services, or communication services
• a member of staff of an international organisation, or person invited, carrying out functions required for the proper functioning of such organisations and which cannot be carried out remotely
• a passenger who is participating in a sporting event and has been provided with written certification by Sport Ireland
• journalists, carrying out their professional functions
Passengers who do not need to provide evidence of a pre-departure RT-PCR test (where applicable)
• passengers with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate based on a vaccination or recovery certificate (or accepted alternative documents) who are travelling from the EU
• people who are travelling in the course of their duties and are an international transport worker in possession of an annex 3 certificate, the driver of a heavy goods vehicle or are aviation crew or maritime crew
• patients travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons, and that reason is certified by registered medical practitioner or person holding an equivalent qualification outside the State
• children aged 11 and under
• passengers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the 14-day prior to arrival
• a member of the Gardaí or Defence Forces personnel travelling to the State in the course of performing his or her duties
• a person who travels to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation
• travel to perform the function of or provide services to an office holder or elected representative, where such travel to Ireland is required to continue providing such services or performing such functions
• if a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest embassy or consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey