New entry requirements for travellers returning to Ireland

Gail Campbell
Gail Campbell

Passengers travelling to Ireland after 00.01 am on Friday 3 December 2021 will need to present a negative COVID test. This change will impact any travellers age 11 and over. 

The decision has been taken to try and halt the spread of the Omicron variant which has started to affect more European countries. 

What you need to know

Vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers have the option to present either a PCR test no more than 72 hours before arrival in Ireland or an antigen test no more than 48 hours before arrival in Ireland. The antigen testing must be carried out by a professional body - you cannot self-test using the free tests.

When you arrive in Ireland you will need to present your digital certificate proving your vaccination status, you can request your certificate here. If you do not have a digital COVID certificate there is an option to present the HSE vaccination card. 

Unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers need to present a negative PCR on arrival, no more than 72 hours before arrival.

If you have proof of recovery

For travellers who have had covid but are in recovery, you will need to present your digital recovery certificate. If you do not have a digital one, you can present a non-digital recovery certificate as long as it is an official certificate and includes dates of testing and validity. You also need to present a test on arrival antigen or PCR. if you are unable to produce a negative test, a positive test will be accepted as long as it was taken no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days prior to your arrival. 


There are exemptions from testing and full details can be found on the Irish Government website.

Remember to complete your Passenger Locator Form 

All passengers must still complete the Passenger Locator Form within 72 hours before returning to Ireland.

At this stage, it is unclear how long these testing measures will be in place but we will continue to update you as soon as we have any more information.