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Ireland to Apply New Travel Rules Starting From December 5, Due to Deteriorating COVID-19 Situation

From Sunday, December 5, all travelers arriving on the territory of Ireland are required to show evidence of negative test results for a coronavirus test.

The decision was signed by Ireland’s Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, on December 3, in an effort by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19, particularly amid the spread of the new virus, Omicron.

The Ministry of Health explains the entry rules that apply from Sunday onwards, and notes in a press release that testing on arrival is mandatory for everyone as well. While travelers with evidence of vaccination or recovery from the virus can provide evidence of negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours upon arrival or a negative result taken from an antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival, the conditions are more Slightly tighter for unvaccinated and unvaccinated.

Passengers without evidence of vaccination or recovery must show a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival,” which means antigen tests are not acceptable for these travelers.

Furthermore, vaccinated and recovered travelers who present negative rapid antigen test results are only allowed to enter the country if the test is on the EU Common Rapid Antigen Test List and is performed by a health professional or skilled test personnel.

The department reminds all travelers that their test results will be checked prior to departure, and those who do not submit these tests will have to self-quarantine upon arrival in Ireland.

“Passengers to Ireland who arrive without a negative test result are required to self-quarantine and have a PCR test within 36 hours of their arrival. Subsequent negative/undetected script could enable a passenger to be discharged from home quarantine. If not made For the PCR test, the passenger must remain in home quarantine for ten days after arrival,” the ministry explains.

>> Ireland introduces mandatory COVID-19 testing requirements for all arrivals from 3 December

The following categories remain exempt from the pre-departure test obligation:

Transport workers Children under the age of 12 traveling on urgent medical grounds Police/Defence Force personnel traveling on assignment Persons traveling on an arrest warrant/Procedure office holders or elected representatives performing their duties Persons traveling in humanitarian emergencies Travelers from Northern Ireland who They have not been abroad within the 14 days prior to arrival

>> Travel to Ireland amid COVID-19: Current entry rules and restrictions

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