Ireland Re-Opens – What you should know

Blue skies over Cobh's cathedral and colourful houses, in County Cork, Ireland

Ireland has had, for many months now, one of Europe’s lengthiest and strictest lockdowns. Now, as Ireland re-opens, we take a look at what travellers should know. So, whether you’ve been hankering for the rugged beauty of the Irish landscape, or, you’ve been in Ireland and now desperately need to top up your tan, don’t travel without these tips.

PCR Testing

Dublin International Airport has two private PCR testing facilities to cover your pre-departure or arrival testing needs. Both companies offer PCR and rapid antigen tests, and require booking in advance.

Rocdoc Health Check offers both drive-thru and walk-in options, and prices start at €49 for a rapid antigen test. PCR tests are more expensive at €95.

Randox Travel Centre offers tests in-clinic. A rapid antigen test is €45 and is ready in an hour. The PCR test is €69 and the results are ready by the following day.

Listed on Dublin Airport’s website are some reputable off-site testing facilities.

To Test, or not to Test?

Outside of the EU, Ireland has categorized countries according to their epidemiological status using an emergency brake mechanism. The government created the emergency brake mechanism in order to quickly implement restrictions on countries with virus variant risks. Travellers from these countries likely face stricter regulations. Vaccinated travellers can check the approve vaccine list and timeframe here.

Arrivals to Ireland from: EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

Travellers who have valid proof of a full vaccination, or, full recovery from Covid-19 in the past 180 days will not face any entry restrictions to Ireland.

Non-vaccinated travellers need to provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old.

Arrivals to Ireland from: Third party countries where the emergency brake system has not been applied

Fully vaccinated or recovered travellers won’t face any restrictions on entering Ireland, as above.

Non-vaccinated travellers must provide a PCR test, self-quarantine for 14 days, and test to release with a PCR test on day 5.

Arrivals to Ireland from: Third party countries where the emergency brake system has been applied

Vaccinated and recovered travellers need to:

  • provide a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours
  • Undergo self-quarantine for 14 days
  • Test to release on day 5

Non-vaccinated travellers need to:

Children over the age of 12 must also present a negative PCR test result.

Colourful houses along the harbour in Galway, Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Ireland Re-opens Restaurants and Attractions

Ireland’s restaurants, cafes, museums and attractions are open, with regulations in place. To avoid disappointment, visitors are advised to check each establishment’s website in advance. Nightclubs, casinos, and other indoor leisure venues are currently closed.

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