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Electronic Passenger Locator Form

The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is provided for in Irish law under statutory instrument No. 181/2020 of the Health Act 1947 and applies to all passengers arriving into Ireland via its airports and seaports with a few exemptions. For a list of exempt passengers please click here.

  • The form can be found at gov.ie/locatorform and works across all devices – mobile, tablet or laptop.
  • It must be completed in advance of travel or before arrival at the airport or seaport.
  • Once completed, an email confirmation will be sent to the passenger, who must present this to an Immigration Officer at Passport Control.
  • If, for some reason, the form cannot be completed online, a hard copy will be supplied at Passport Control.
  • The data you provide in the form will be used to contact you by SMS (text message) and/or telephone call, to give you public health advice, verify your address details and allow for contact tracing.
  • If the address supplied in the form has changed, the updated details must be emailed to passengerlocatorform@plf.ie.
  • Should you have any queries about your data protection, please email dpo@health.gov.ie.

For public health advice, please see hse.ie.

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 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 with 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

From 4am Friday 26 March 2021, new Irish government rules for mandatory hotel quarantine will apply to all passengers arriving into 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

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 on the country-specific travel advice pages on dfa.ie.


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