Ireland open to fully vaccinated British visitors with no quarantine or Covid tests required

19 July 2021

From today (19 July), Ireland is the first country in Europe that fully jabbed British citizens can visit without the need for any Covid tests into or out of the country. There will also be no requirement to self-isolate if fully vaccinated.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from 19 July. The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time. Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers. We wish all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland.”

Before arriving in Ireland, British visitors will need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form which will be checked by their air or sea carrier before departure. Passengers may also be asked for proof of vaccination.

On arrival in Ireland, British visitors will need to have proof of full vaccination, for example showing their NHS App Covid Pass, a vaccination status letter or their NHS vaccine paper card.

Passengers without proof of vaccination will require evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and will have to quarantine for 14 days or a minimum of five days if they prove negative with a second PCR test provided by the Health Service Executive in Ireland on day five.

From 19 July, children under the age of 12 will not need to take a PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland. However, children aged 12 to 17 who are not fully vaccinated will need to show a negative RT-PCR test result on arrival in Ireland, even when travelling with fully vaccinated adults.

It is anticipated that indoor hospitality will recommence on 26 July in Ireland. Indoor hospitality will only be available to those who are fully vaccinated or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 6 months. Those staying in hotels will be able to avail of the indoor hospitality options within the hotel from Monday 19 July.

The tourism industry across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back holidaymakers from Great Britain. The health and safety of all our visitors continues to be the priority, and we will ensure they are protected alongside a very warm Irish welcome.

For the latest updates and information please check the Irish Government website.

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Post Brexit, British citizens can continue to travel to Ireland without a passport and without visa restrictions thanks to the Common Travel Area agreement. Some air and sea carriers may still require a passport as valid photo-ID, so passengers should always check with their travel provider.

Travel from GB to Northern Ireland: If you're travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey and only travel if the test is negative. You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay. Visit NI Direct for the latest updates and information.


David Boyce - Deputy Director Britain
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