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Current Ireland Entry Rules Explained

Arrivals from European Union or Schengen area countries as well as those from third countries will have to carefully follow entry rules when planning entry to Ireland after the latter’s government continues to maintain some of the preventive measures imposed to stop the further spread of the virus.

Despite the fact that the coronavirus, and especially the Omicron variant, has affected a large number of countries, European governments have begun to relax their travel rules and consider the virus more like an endemic disease, reports.

Similar to other European countries, the authorities in Ireland have also decided to ease their entry rules. However, travelers must meet the following criteria in order to be allowed to enter Ireland.

Entry rules for all incoming travelers

Foreigners from other countries, including the European Union, the Schengen Area, the European Economic Area, or third-country nationals are subject to the same entry rules when planning to enter Ireland.

All passengers planning to enter Ireland are required to meet the following requirements:

Fill out the Passenger Locator form Provide valid proof that the passengers have completed the virus immunization process. At present, Ireland accepts the following vaccines as valid proof of immunization: Pfizer-BioNTech Moderna Oxford-AstraZeneca Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Coronavac (Sinovac) Sinopharm BBP

In addition, since the beginning of this month, February 1, the authorities in Ireland have also approved the Novavax vaccine as valid evidence of immunity. This decision was confirmed by the Irish Department of Health. He himself emphasized that as of February 1, the validity of the vaccination certificate was shortened to 270 days. However, booster dose-based vaccine certifications do not have a limited period.

This decision comes after the EU Commission proposed that all EU countries impose a uniform acceptance period of 270 days for vaccination documents.

The Commission explained in a press release issued on December 21 last year.

Foreigners are required to provide valid evidence showing that they have recovered from the virus in the past six months. Passengers with no evidence of vaccination or recovery in the past six months will be required to submit a negative PCR test result, not older than 72 hours upon entry to Ireland. Local COVID-19 Restrictions

Authorities in Ireland continue to enforce specific restrictions within the country that have been imposed due to COVID-19; However, it could be lifted on March 31. However, such a decision will be taken in the wake of the epidemiological situation in the country.

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has confirmed that the country’s authorities may rescind the requirement to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate for Irish citizens who wish to access bars or restaurants, starting in April.

However, the COVID-19 rules imposed to stop the further spread of the virus will not include foreigners, according to the minister.

This rule means that all passengers from other territories will still be required to present a valid certificate proving that they have completed the virus immunization process when planning to participate in activities in Ireland or visit various places within the country.

Ireland has also been severely affected by the spread of the Corona virus and its new strains.

According to data provided by the World Health Organization, since the start of the pandemic, Ireland has recorded more than 1,265,124 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 6,417 deaths.

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