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Ireland COVID-19 International Travel Update

Combined indicator: 14-day notification rate, testing rate and test positivity, updated 26 November 2020

Ireland has adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The ‘traffic lights’ system provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA & the UK) to be categorised as green, orange or red based on the risk levels of COVID-19. The Traffic Light System Map (updated weekly) can be found here:

This means there are now different government guidelines in terms of restriction of movements on entering Ireland from abroad. The restrictions depend on which category the country you’re travelling from is in at that point in time.

RED – You must restrict your movements for 5 days on arrival. A PCR test can then be taken and if the result is negative, you will be allowed to move freely OR the 14-day restricted movements period remains in place.

ORANGE – There are no restrictions on your movements IF you carry a negative Covid-19 test result from within the three days prior to departure OR You must restrict your movements for 5 days on arrival. A PCR test can then be taken and if negative, you will be allowed to move freely OR the 14-day restricted movements period remains in place.

GREEN – No entry restrictions on passengers arriving into Ireland from green regions

From Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.

Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/’not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.

Passengers who arrive in an Irish Airport or Sea Port without evidence of a negative/’not detected’ COVID-19 PCR test result will commit an offence and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.

Arrivals from red and grey list countries (as defined by the EU traffic light system), and all other locations outside of Europe, must continue to restrict their movements for 14 days. However this may be lifted on receipt of a negative/not detected result of a second PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival.

Arrivals from green and orange countries (as defined by the EU traffic light system) will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival but must adhere to the local public health guidance.

Checks will be made by the Border Management Unit at Dublin Airport and by An Garda Síochána at other points of entry.

Our fully integrated and Ryanair mentored programme commence on the following dates in 2021:

  • Monday 15th February 2021
  • Tuesday 13th April 2021
  • Monday 14th June 2021
  • Monday 16th August 2021
  • Monday 18th October 2021

Our modular MEP/CPL courses commence on the following dates in 2021:

  • Monday 18th January
  • Monday 15th February
  • Monday 15th March
  • Monday 19th April
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 21st June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 16th August
  • Monday 20th September
  • Monday 18th October
  • Monday 15th November

If you would like more information on our training programmes or would like to book in for a virtual visit please call us on +353 (0) 214888737 or e-mail us at info@afta.ie for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to AFTA in the near future!