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COVID-19 Travel Advice

Before travelling to/from Ireland, arriving and departing passengers should consult the Irish Government website gov.ie and the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs website dfa.ie, for the latest travel advice and updates. Travel advice by country is available here. We would also strongly advise in advance of travel that all passengers check their exact requirements with their airline.

Irish Government Announcements Regarding Travel 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, rules regarding quarantine. For Irish Government travel information see here

On Friday 28 May, the Irish Government announced that non-essential international travel can resume 19 July 2021. This means passengers will be able to travel abroad, once you follow the Irish Government’s official travel advice (e.g. the EU Digital COVID Certificate system etc), please visit gov.ie for more information.

On Tuesday 15 June, the Irish Government announced further quarantine requirements for those who travel from Great Britain. With immediate effect, those who travel from Great Britain, who are not fully vaccinated are now requested to remain in quarantine and seek a further test at least 10 days after arrival in Ireland, in addition to the day five test. Please visit gov.ie for more information.

Click here to view our travel planning advice check-list to help you to prepare for your next journey.

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. Please note if you are arriving from a Category 2 country, hotel quarantine is mandatory. For a list of Category 2 countries and for more information, please visit dfa.ie or gov.ie.

On Tuesday 15 June, the Irish Government announced further quarantine requirements for those who travel from Great Britain. With immediate effect, those who travel from Great Britain, who are not fully vaccinated are now requested to remain in quarantine and seek a further test at least 10 days after arrival in Ireland, in addition to the day five test. Please visit gov.ie for more information.

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 fulfill 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.

For all information and queries regarding your mandatory quarantine please visit gov.ie.

Category 2 Mandatory 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.

Departing Passengers

For essential travel, 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 on dfa.ie, you can also search travel restrictions by country here. We also strongly advise passengers check travel requirements directly with their airline prior to travel.

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.

Please note passengers travelling to/from or connecting through the Netherlands should check their travel requirements directly with their airline, dfa.ie and the Government of the Netherlands website here.

COVID-19 Testing at Dublin Airport

Two private companies, RocDoc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR COVID-19 testing and rapid/antigen testing at Dublin Airport. 

*Please note COVID-19 tests 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. 

RocDoc Health Check  

Both facilities must be pre-booked:drive-thru (in-car) testing facility & walk-thru testing facility available.

  • RT-PCR test €95 with results in 24 hours.
  • LAMP test €149 with results in the same day.
  • LAMP test express €199 with results within a few hours.
  • Rapid Antigen test €49 with results within 1 hour.
  • Antibody test €69 with results in four working days – please note that this does not detect if an individual currently has Covid-19.

Two Locations:

Express Green Car Park:

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

Opening Hours:

08:00-19:00 daily

North Terminal:

The RocDoc North Terminal testing walk-thru facility is open 24 hours. *Please note this is a walk-thru service only and the drive-thru service is only available at the Green Car Park facility.

Booking Information:

To book please visit website: https://rocdochealthcheck.ie

You can also call RocDoc direct on tel: 01- 969 7893.

Opening Hours:

24 hours, Monday-Sunday. 

Directions from Terminal 1:

Please follow the directional signage from outside Terminal 1 on the departures level. Walk northwest from Terminal 1 on the departures road, then take the second left just before the Garda Station and then the first right. Alternatively you can find the North Terminal by following the co-ordinates on Google Maps here. *Pre-booking is preferred.

Randox

  • Pre-booked appointments, tests performed in-clinic.
  • PCR test €69 with results available the next day.
  • Rapid Antigen test €45 with results available after one hour.

Location:

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

Directions:

When arriving at the airport, follow the directional signage for Terminal 2 parking. A detailed video can be found here

After you have parked in the dedicated area, take the lift down to the ground floor.

When you come out the lift, turn to your left to exit the car park.

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.

Opening Hours:

02:00-20:00 daily

Booking:

Please see 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

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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