Ireland Travel Restrictions and Resources
Updated: 23 Aug 2021
US travelers can now enter Ireland. For travelers arriving into Ireland from the United States who present valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine is necessary.
For travelers arriving into Ireland from the United States who present valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine is necessary. If you do not have proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 in the last 180 days, then a PCR test must be taken on arrival and there is a 14 day quarantine period (if you continue to test negative from day 5 onwards you can leave quarantine). All passengers (regardless of vaccination status) should also complete a passenger locator form before entry. There are significant fines and penalties for arriving in Ireland without the required documentation so please do check latest advice for everything you may need. Read more >
State Dept Advisory for Ireland: Level 4: Do not travel to Ireland. Read more >
Proof of Vaccination required: Yes.
What can I expect when I arrive in Ireland?
Much of Ireland feels like it is returning to normal, with most retail shops, restaurants and bars are open, and hotel and bed & breakfast accommodations re-opened (with things like restaurant and bar service limited to overnight guests). Some restrictions do continue, these include facemasks in enclosed public places, public transport and taxis, and 2m social distancing. Details on public health measures are available here. As with many other places, you can expect extra hygiene measures, and will be required to follow signage and distancing protocols in airports, and wear masks in designated areas. Check with your airline on their individual measures.
Certification will be required to enter hospitality venues including bars and restaurants. The EU Covid certificate is accepted, however for travelers from outside the EU:
Non-EU certificates should contain:
- confirmation that the person has been vaccinated
- the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated
- the state body which either delivered the vaccination programme or is authorised to issue the certificate
Where can I get Covid tested in Ireland?
Antigen and PCR tests are widely available in Ireland, and information or where to find a test can be found on the US Embassy website or here hse.ie/conditions/covid19/testing/get-tested/. Dublin, Shannon, and Cork airports also offer pre-departure testing. Expect to pay 100-150 Euro for a commercially available test.
Returning to the USA:
US citizens or permanent residents will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >
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