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COVID-19 Travel Advice

Before travelling to/from Ireland, arriving and departing passengers should consult the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs website dfa.ie and the Irish Government website gov.ie, for the latest travel advice and updates. 

Irish Government Announcements February and March 2021

There have been a number of announcements made by the Irish Government, regarding all international travel - be it arriving and departing passengers - and very specifically, new rules regarding quarantine. For the latest Irish Government information see here. The information below is correct as of March 23rd, 2021 with further updates to follow.

Arriving Passenger Information

All passengers are required by law to present a completed passenger locator form, a negative pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test result and quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Ireland.

It is mandatory by law to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their flight, and to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.

The only limited exemptions from this requirement are international transport workers, patients travelling for urgent medical care and children aged six and under. For more information regarding COVID-19 travel requirements, please see www.gov.ie. If you are a connecting passenger please contact the Irish Government's Border Management Unit (BMU) by email on BMU@justice.ie to find out find out what specific entry requirements and restrictions apply to you.

Mandatory 14 Day Quarantine

Mandatory 14 day quarantine applies to all passengers who arrive in Ireland. The Irish Government has introduced a legal requirement to home quarantine for 14 days at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form.

Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also complete the 14 day quarantine. If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.

With the exception of Category 2 country passengers who must complete a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine, other arriving passengers are permitted to travel to a testing facility during their 14 day quarantine to take a RT-PCR test. Passengers can end the 14 day quarantine early if they receive a negative RT-PCR test, taken no less than 5 days after arrival in Ireland.

Category 2 Hotel Quarantine

On Friday 26 March 2021, the Irish government implemented a mandatory hotel quarantine for all passengers arriving in Ireland from Category 2 countries and all passengers that arrive without a COVID-19 negative test result. For a list of Category 2 countries and for more information, please visit dfa.ie or gov.ie. Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement and a full list is available here.

For information as to what a passenger arriving from a Category 2 country can expect at Dublin Airport, please click here.

COVID-19 Testing Facilities at Dublin Airport

Two private companies, Roc Doc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen COVID-19 testing at Dublin Airport. *Please note COVID-19 tests at the testing facilities located at Dublin Airport need to be pre-booked in advance through the service providers. It is not possible to get a test without booking in advance. For more information on how to pre-book a COVID-19 test, please follow the details below. 

Randox (Pre-booked appointments, tests performed in clinic)

  • PCR test €89 with results available the next day.
  • Rapid Antigen testing is available for €49 with results available after 1 hour.

Location:

The Randox Travel Centre is located close to the Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park at Dublin Airport. Dedicated parking is available on Level 5 of the Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park. *Please note pre-booking is essential.

Directions:

  1. When arriving at the airport, follow the directional signage for Terminal 2 parking. A detailed video can be found here.
  2. After you have parked in the dedicated area, take the lift down to the ground floor.
  3. When you come out of the lift, turn to your left to exit the car park.
  4. You are now facing the back of the Randox Travel Centre. Cross the road and walk around the building to the Randox Travel Centre entrance.

Booking:

  • Please see their website for more information on how to book: https://booking.randox.ie.
  • You can also call the Randox booking helpline direct on tel: 0044 2890 394 286.

RocDoc Health Check (Pre-booked appointments)

  • PCR test €129 with results in 1-2 working days.
  • LAMP test €149 with results in 12 hours.
  • LAMP test express €199 with results in 5 hours.
  • Rapid Antigen test €89 with results in 60 minutes.

Two Locations: 

RocDoc Health Check Green Car Park In-car Testing Facility:

The RocDoc Health Check in-car testing facility and in-clinic testing facility at Dublin Airport is located in the Green Car Park. Click here for directions. *Please note pre-booking is essential.

RocDoc Health Check North Terminal In-Clinic Testing Facility:

There is a second RocDoc Health Check in-clinic facility located at the North Terminal which offers Rapid Antigen testing and opens early to facilitate the 05:55am and 07:00am flights to Amsterdam. Click here for more information.

Booking:

  • Please see their website for more information on how to book: https://rocdochealthcheck.ie.
  • You can also call RocDoc direct on tel: 01-969 7893.

Departing Passengers

In the case of departing passengers, it is important to note that some countries, including those in the EU, may require visitors to have a negative COVID-19 test result in advance of travel, either to enter the country in the first place and/or eliminate the requirement to quarantine on arrival. In most cases, a certificate showing the negative COVID-19 test result must confirm this test has been performed within 72 hours of arriving in the country, state or region. 

These requirements change rapidly, and passengers are advised to check the current COVID-19 entry requirements for a particular country, state or region before departing Ireland.

Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available here on the country-specific travel advice pages on dfa.ie.

Important passenger information for passengers travelling from Ireland to the Netherlands

If you are aged 13 or over and travelling to the Netherlands from a high-risk country, you must provide proof that you have tested negative for COVID-19. You can do this by presenting a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding.

Or passengers can present both a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands and a negative Rapid (Antigen) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before boarding. For more information click here.

Connecting Flight in the Netherlands

Passengers who need to transfer in the Netherlands to a different flight for their onward journey will only need to show the results of an NAAT (PCR) test based on a sample collected no more than 72 hours before. The requirement to provide the results of an additional rapid test will be lifted.

How do I book the Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test?

The Rapid Antigen test must be taken no more than 24 hours before departure and is available to book at both of the RocDoc Health Check testing facilities and the Randox testing facility at Dublin Airport.

RocDoc Health Check In-Car Testing Facility - Green Car Park

The RocDoc Health Check in-car testing facility at Dublin Airport is located in the Green Car Park, click here for directions.*Please note pre-booking is essential. The Rapid Antigen test is priced at €89 and results are available within 60 minutes.

RocDoc North Terminal In-Clinic Facility Open for 05:55am and 07:00am Amsterdam Flights

The RocDoc North Terminal Rapid Antigen testing facility is open from 02.00am-07:00pm daily to facilitate passengers travelling on the 05:55am and 07:00am flights to Amsterdam.*Please note this is an in-clinic service only and the in-car service is only available at the Green Car Park facility. Please follow directional signage from T1 departures. Alternatively you can find the North Terminal by following the co-ordinates on Google Maps here*Pre-booking is essential.

To book, please visit the RocDoc website: https://rocdochealthcheck.ie. You can also call RocDoc directly on 01-969 7893.

Randox Testing Facility

The Randox Travel Centre is located close to the Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park at Dublin Airport. Dedicated parking is available on Level 5 of the Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park. The Rapid Antigen test is priced at €49 and is available to pre-book now. *Pre-booking is essential.

To book, please visit https://booking.randox.ie. You can also call the Randox booking helpline direct on 0044 2890 394 286.

The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch. The document must contain the following information:

  • Type of test.
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’) for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport.
  • Date and time of test: for passengers, the test must have been conducted no more than 4 hours prior to departure.
  • Logo, stamp or details of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.
  • Either a digital or paper copy of the test result may be shown.

A translation of the test result will be accepted provided the translation bears the original signature or stamp of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.

The entry requirements for each location across the world can change rapidly in-line with local measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In some cases, entry requirements may apply to passengers transferring through an airport en route to another destination. 

Many governments prohibit entry for tourists and business travellers and may prohibit all non-citizens entry to their country, state or region, so please ensure you have the most accurate and up to date information before travel. 

It is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that any test certificate issued from a COVID-19 testing facility sufficiently meets the local entry requirements of the destination country, state or region including any connecting airport requirements. Certain locations may require the test result to be translated into the local language at each location. Passengers should check local requirements and keep up to date as they evolve. For more information on COVID-19 testing facilities located in Ireland please click here.

COVID-19 FAQS

For a full list of COVID-19 related FAQs please click here.

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