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Last updated 4 October 2021.
As of May 2021, there are a series of rules in place regarding entry to Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to the relevant page of the Irish Government website for further guidance.
Covid-19 antigen tests are not accepted for those travelling to Ireland from the UK. Alternatively, you can test for Covid-19 using one of our PCR test kits which must be taken within 72 hours before departing the UK. Failure to provide a negative Covid-19 test may result in travellers being refused entry to Ireland.
From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers can book a day 2 test with free delivery. Not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers can book their return antigen tests and day 2 and 8 travel packages with Medicspot. Further details can be found on our Covid test page.
Travel to Ireland is limited and you should only travel to Ireland if you have an essential reason for doing so. If you have an essential reason to travel to Ireland, you may still have to quarantine.
If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas, including if you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you must complete a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form. Failure to complete this form is an offence and you could be fined up to €2,500 or receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months.
If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas or are transiting through an Irish port or airport you must have a negative PCR test result carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland.
You will be asked to show evidence of this test result before boarding an aircraft or ferry and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce this evidence. On arrival you will have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers and written confirmation of your test result should be retained for at least 14 days. It is an offence to arrive in Ireland without evidence of a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test result.
A list of exemptions for those who do not need a pre-departure PCR test is listed on the Irish government website.
Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to those who have been overseas in the 14 days prior to entering Ireland. Arrivals from designated high-risk countries are subject to a mandatory hotel quarantine.
For all other people arriving in Ireland from non-designated countries, a 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature, such as to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave Ireland.
You can end your quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must then retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.
If you are fully vaccinated and have the required documents to prove this you do not have to complete a mandatory hotel quarantine when arriving in Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete a mandatory hotel quarantine.
However, even if you are fully vaccinated, you’re still required to have a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before your departure and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever specified in your passenger locator form. Further information can be found on the Irish Government website.
If you are travelling to Ireland, a Covid-19 test costs £75. This covers the PCR test as well as a Fit to Fly certificate.
Yes, Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are universally recognised by the Irish government.
If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with negative test results as well as a Fit to Fly certificate within the 72 hour testing requirement window.
Travellers from the UK to Ireland must take a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.