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Travelling to Ireland Amid COVID-19: Current Entry Rules & Restrictions

U2, Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison or Hozier aren’t the only reasons Ireland has been so popular over the years.

The country that holds the harp as a national symbol, collects some of the oldest guitars in the world at Trinity College Dublin, showing that music is among the most important features of this venue.

Besides music, Ireland is also known for its wild and sea scenery and delicious foods. However, last year’s coronavirus outbreak restricted the number of international visitors allowed into the country for non-essential purposes, including tourism.

A total of 408,021 people in Ireland have contracted coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Besides, the virus has caused 5,306 deaths in this country, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, when planning to head to this country, travelers should carefully follow all current entry rules and restrictions.

Who can enter Ireland in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19?

On July 19, the authorities in Ireland launched the EU’s digital COVID certificate, similar to other European countries, in order to facilitate travel within the European Union, the European Economic Area as well as the Schengen area countries.

However, Ireland’s government has made it clear that it will also welcome visitors from Great Britain, the United States and Canada, provided they have valid proof of vaccination or evidence of recovery from the virus in the last 180 days.

The Irish Ministry of Health has confirmed that travel to Ireland from certain countries is subject to mandatory quarantine.

All travelers wishing to enter Ireland are required to fill out a passenger locator form upon arrival in this country.

The authorities in Ireland have made clear that all travelers arriving in this country from any of the EU or EEA countries will be excluded from additional requirements such as testing or quarantine rules if they hold a valid EU digital COVID certificate.

UK citizens are also exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if they can prove they have completed their immunization process.

All travelers from the UK who do not have a valid vaccination or proof of recovery and are planning to enter Ireland will be required to follow the requirements listed below:

Submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, no more than 72 hours old, upon arrival Follow quarantine rules Take another COVID-19 test after arrival

Authorities in Ireland have also made it clear that travelers from the UK who are under quarantine rules are eligible to end their self-isolation process if they take a COVID-19 test after arrival and test negative.

Irish authorities have also made clear that all travelers from non-EU and EEA countries are also exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if they have valid vaccination proof.

What vaccines are approved for use in Ireland?

The Irish government accepts vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), specifically Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and Moderna Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca, Oxford).

In any case, all EU member states are allowed to decide whether or not they want to allow foreigners who have taken any of the vaccines not approved by the EMA to enter their countries.

The authorities in Ireland recently announced that Irish citizens who have completed the vaccination process outside Ireland will also be able to obtain a European digital COVID certificate.

In addition, the country’s government has launched the portal that helps Irish passport holders to apply for vaccination validation by obtaining an EU vaccination certificate.

The Irish government has also confirmed that it has scrapped the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement for all travelers wishing to enter the country. This decision was confirmed by the country’s Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, while stressing that quarantine requirements have been gradually reduced over recent months.

What do you expect when visiting Ireland?

The rapid spread of the Corona virus and its new strains has forced the authorities in Ireland to close the doors of all restaurants and bars in an attempt to protect the health of citizens. However, as the epidemiological situation in other countries began to improve, Ireland began to allow more travelers to enter its territory and visit these places.

However, travelers who wish to take boarding services will be required to provide valid evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against the virus or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months.

travel insurance in ireland

Foreigners are urged to purchase travel insurance to save most of their money in case their trip is canceled due to emergency reasons or due to the COVID-19 situation. The same also covers unexpected situations such as getting sick during the flight and accidents.

Travelers purchase affordable travel insurance in Ireland from AXA Assistance, MondialCare or Europ Assistance.

The current situation of COVID-19 in Ireland

Ireland has recorded a total of 2,051 new cases in the past 24 hours, based on data provided by the World Health Organization. The same source shows that 26 people in Ireland have died from the virus during the same period.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded more than 408,000 cases of COVID-19, World Health Organization figures show.

So far, 93 percent of the population in Ireland has been vaccinated, based on data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Note: This article was originally published on August 31. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on 15 October, in line with the latest updates from the Irish authorities.

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