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Travel to Ireland

COVID-19 testing requirements

Effective 16 January, all passengers arriving in Ireland will require a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.


Children below the age of 6 years are exempt from the COVID - 19 PCR test requirement.

Required forms

Passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas, including Irish citizens, must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before their arrival. It is a penal offence not to complete the form in the manner specified. It is also an offence to provide false or misleading information on the form. You will receive an email receipt once you have completed the form. Please present the email receipt or a completed printed version of the form to an officer at your point of entry to the state.

During the 14 days following your arrival the information on the form may be used:

  • to provide you with public health information,
  • to contact you to verify that the information on the form is correct and
  • for the purpose of contact tracing in relation to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
To complete the form, you will need:
  • your passport details
  • your telephone and email address
  • your travel details, including times and dates
  • the address where you will stay in the Ireland (if applicable)


All travellers to Ireland are recommended to self-isolate for 14 days from arrival.

Post-arrival testing

Your 14 day period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/‘not detected’ result of a PCR test taken five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your test result to be returned before ending your period of restricted movement.

Other information

The public health measures that apply to all of the population in Ireland, will also apply to all arriving passengers. You can get more information on the Ireland government portal.

For more information, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade website.

Restricting your movements on arrival

Nearly all of Europe has a high incidence of COVID-19 and is in a high risk category (orange/red). If you are coming from orange, red or grey regions, or from outside the EU, you should restrict your movements for 14 days. This applies to all people entering the State, even if you have no symptoms. If you are unsure which risk area you are travelling from, please check the ECDC website.

Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland must ensure that they are familiar with the guidance and regulations in place, including the completion of a UK Passenger Locator Form

Restricting your movements means staying home or in your accommodation, and avoiding contact with other people, including those in your household that are at particular risk should they contract COVID-19. You should wear a face covering, including while indoors, to protect them. You can go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres away from other people. You should not meet or socialise with people outside your immediate household. You can find more information on the HSE website.

Please closely monitor for any symptoms. The common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you develop symptoms after arrival, you should immediately self-isolate and contact your GP or HSE Live on 1850 24 1850.

You don’t have to restrict your movements

If you are:

  • Arriving from an orange region and have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a PCR test taken during the three days before departure to Ireland. You must carry supporting evidence of your negative test.
  • Providing an essential function or need, including an imperative business function or family reason. You are not required to restrict your movements while carrying out your business function or family reason, but you must otherwise restrict your movements for 14 days.
  • A returning passenger who travelled to carry out an essential function in another region but otherwise restricted your movements while in that region.

Please carry supporting documentation for your essential purpose. You can find more information here.

Travel from Ireland

COVID-19 testing requirements

In cooperation with the following laboratories, Emirates has simplified procedures so you can take COVID 19 PCR test with confidence before you travel. Find the testing facility closest to you and present your ticket or booking confirmation. You should receive your test results within 96 hours after the sample is taken. Please note that Emirates is not liable for the samples, their transfer and analysis as carried out under the full responsibility of these laboratories, nor for any delay in the release of test results.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.