Can I visit Ireland? Latest travel advice as British quarantine remains


Ireland must maintain its quarantine rules for British travelers while reopening to visitors from the EU and the United States from July 19, the country’s Tanaiste Leo Varadkar announced on May 28.

Mr Varadkar said Ireland was “unable” to restore the common travel area with Britain at this time.

Anyone traveling from the UK to Ireland must enter quarantine for 14 days. They can be released earlier if they test negative for Covid-19 on their fifth day of quarantine.

Mr Varadkar postponed restoration of the joint travel area following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). “The advice we have is that there are real concerns about the prevalence of the Indian variant in Britain,” he said.

“It is now the dominant variant in Britain – over 50 percent of cases appear to be this B1617 variant. This is something of concern to us and for this reason we are not yet in a position to restore the common travel area. ‘

At present, the restrictions are largely one-sided. People from England, Scotland and Wales traveling for non-essential reasons face a slice of testing and quarantine restrictions upon arrival in Ireland. Upon their return to the UK, however, there is none.

Travelers are also likely to avoid queues they might face upon returning from other European destinations, as they will not be required to provide passenger locator forms or documents other than passports or permits. to drive across borders.

Below we set out the rules for testing, quarantine and tracking forms for passengers arriving in Ireland from the UK.

How are the cases in Ireland?

The current case rate per 100,000 over a seven-day average is 60.06. In the UK, that number is 34.5 per 100,000.

How is the vaccination campaign going in Ireland?

As of June 23, 56.91% of the population had received a first dose and 25.67% had received a second dose. In the UK, 78.99 percent of the adult population received a first dose and 57.7 percent received a second dose.

Do I have to take a test before traveling to Ireland?

Yes. FCDO says: ‘All passengers arriving at Irish ports and airports must have proof of a negative /’ undetected ‘COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test prior to departure made no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Antigen or other types of tests do not meet the requirements.

Failure to present proof of a negative test result could result in a fine of € 2,500, jail time of up to six months, or both. You will also need to undertake a mandatory hotel quarantine at your own expense. This does not apply to arrivals from Northern Ireland.

Do I have to complete a passenger trace form in Ireland?

Yes. All arrivals must complete a passenger tracing form prior to arriving in Ireland. You can find the form here. This includes information about your recent travel history and the accommodation where you will be spending your 14-day quarantine.

Do I have to be quarantined when I arrive in Ireland?

Yes. Anyone who has been abroad (and this includes England, Scotland and Wales) must enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, in a pattern similar to the UK’s Test to Release, you can end your quarantine if you take a test five days after arrival and receive a negative result. You will need to provide proof of your negative result up to 14 days after your arrival in Ireland.


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