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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Ireland
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Ireland

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Entry restrictions
Travellers should only enter Ireland for essential reasons:
- Workers or self-employed persons exercising critical occupations including health care workers, frontier and posted workers as well as seasonal workers as referred to in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during the pandemic
- Transport workers or transport service providers
- Imperative medical reasons
- Pupils, students and trainees who travel abroad on a daily basis
- Imperative family or business reasons
- Diplomats, staff of international organisations, people invited by international organisations, military personnel, police officers, humanitarian aid workers, civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions
- Passengers in transit
- Seafarers
- Journalists, when performing their duties
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
All passengers arriving in Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) need to present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence.
You must still have negative PCR test, even if vaccinated against COVID-19.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
All passengers are required to self-isolate in a location of their choosing for 14 days upon arrival. The quarantine period can be shortened by taking another PCR test on the fifth day of self-isolation.

Passengers in 'high risk/category 2 states' will have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine period. The full updated list of 'high risk' countries is available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/#designated-high-risk-countries-mandatory-hotel-quarantine.

Moreover, if arrivals receive a ‘not detected’ result from a PCR test taken on day ten, their period of quarantine will end. Hotel quarantine can be booked at this portal: https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie/
Passing through the airport in a high-risk country counts as having visited it.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. The rules include not going to work or to public places, not taking public transport or taxis and not inviting visitors to your home. Self-isolation is required for every traveller, even repatriating Irish citizens.
(Until further notice)
Before arrival, travellers need to fill out a passenger locator form: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ab900-covid-19-passenger-locator-form/
(Until further notice)
The arrival of personal non-national maritime leisure vessels is banned (except to emergencies such as 'port in a storm')
(Until further notice)
A) Exemptions from testing
- People who are transiting Ireland to another country. This exemption only applies if you do not leave the airport.
- A member of the Gardaí or Defence Forces personnel travelling to Ireland in the course of performing his or her duties.
- Travel to perform the function of or provide services to an office holder or elected representative, where such travel to Ireland is required to continue providing such services or performing such functions.
- If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest embassy or consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

B) Exemptions from quarantine
The requirement to self-isolate does not apply if:
- You are briefly stopping over at the airport on your way to another country.
- You are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland (UK).
- You are part of aircraft crew, including pilots, and in Ireland as part of your work or part of a ship crew, including maritime masters, in Ireland as part of your work.

C) Exemptions from hotel quarantine:
- Fully vaccinated people (Pfizer, AZ, Moderna, or J&J).
- Holders of an Annex 3 certificate (ensuring the availability of goods and essential services)
- HGV operators
- Airline pilots, aircrew, maritime master or maritime crews
- People being extradited or arrested
- Defence forces personnel (of Ireland or any other country)
- Unavoidable, imperative and time-sensitive medical reasons (need certification/proof)
- Diplomats/others entitled to privileges and immunities in Ireland
- Transit passengers who do not leave the airport

Regulations will also exempt transit passengers who do not leave the port or airport before travelling out of Ireland and who have a 'not detected' COVID-19 PCR test result, following a test taken within 72 hours of their arrival into Ireland.

The full list of exemptions is available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
(Until further notice)
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
The Irish government officially advises against outbound international travel.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Ireland is under 'Level 5' restrictions:
- Face masks are mandatory when safety distance (six feet (2 metres)) cannot be respected.
- Up to three households, or six people (not including children aged 12 and under) from any number of households, can meet outdoors. This includes gardens. Unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside their home.
- Private celebrations can go up to 25 people.
- Organised outdoor event can take place with a maximum of 100 people. Maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
- Shops are allowed to operate.
- Restaurants and pubs can open outdoor.
- Outdoor sports facilities and outdoor visitor attractions are open.
- Travel across the county is allowed.
- Reopening of the tourism and hospitality sector. Resumption of tourism accommodation.

Further details at: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/#travel-restrictions AND https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/0bd80-new-public-health-measures-announced-the-path-ahead/
(Ends 5 July 2021)
Planned changes and internal conditionsIndoor dining services for restaurants, cafes and pubs will recommence.

Visitors from up to 3 other households inside (private place) are allowed.

Private celebrations can go up to 50 people.

Organised indoor event can take place with a maximum of 50 people. Maximum of 100 can attend events in larger venues with strict public health measures in place

Organised outdoor event can take place with a maximum of 200 people. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000

Further details at: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/7894b-post-cabinet-statement-resilience-and-recovery-the-path-ahead/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/0bd80-new-public-health-measures-announced-the-path-ahead/
(Until further notice)
Summary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Ireland

COVID-19 information for Ireland

Dedicated COVID-19 website


There are few major security risks. Levels of crime are low, though we advise to take precautions against petty crime in Dublin. Congestion is a serious problem on roads in the Dublin area, particularly in the city centre.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Ireland
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Routine Vaccinations

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