Ireland And Travel: What You Need To Know

Raise your hand if this time last year you told yourself, "next year I'm definitely going away!". Don't worry, you're not alone. Whilst there are a lot more travel rules and regulations for obvious reasons at the moment, it is still possible to get away.

Here is summary of rules surrounding travel to and from Ireland at the moment (01.07.2021):

  • "From 16 June, all passengers travelling from Great Britain must quarantine at home for 14 days. The period of home quarantine can be shortened following a negative PCR test after 5 days for fully vaccinated passengers, and after 10 days (following a negative PCR test) for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers.

  • There is a legal requirement for all travellers to quarantine on arrival for 14 days, with limited exceptions.

  • All passengers must complete a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine if you have travelled from any country deemed high risk by the Irish government. This also includes travelling through an airport or port in a high risk country and for those arriving without the required negative/not detected PCR test.

  • Travellers whose journey originates in Northern Ireland are outside the scope of quarantine schemes, unless they have been overseas during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Ireland.

  • All passengers arriving at Irish ports and airports are required to have evidence of a negative/ ‘not detected’ test from a pre-departure Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirement.

  • People arriving in Ireland without evidence of a negative/‘not-detected’ test result will be committing an offence and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or both. They will also be required to undertake mandatory hotel quarantine. Passengers whose journey originates in Northern Ireland are not in scope of this announcement but any such travel is subject to the public health restrictions in place in Northern Ireland and Ireland respectively.

  • All passengers arriving in Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. If you don’t fill out this form you may be fined up to €2,500 or receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

  • Please see the list of private providers of COVID-19 testing in the UK for the purposes of international travel. If testing for travel to Ireland, ensure it is a RT-PCR test.

  • Travel to the UK from Ireland is still possible, but disruption is also possible and you should check the local UK guidance in place at your destination."


This information is subject to daily change, so it is important that you keep a close eye out for updates and changes if you are trying to travel. We hope this helps you navigate your journey. If you do go, bring us back a keychain!

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