COVID-19 Testing and Exceptions to Vaccination and Testing Requirements

From December 6, 2021, all travelers to the United States must show a negative COVID test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. For more information, please visit the CDC website as the Embassy cannot answer vaccination or COVID-19 testing queries.

You can find a PDF list of commercially available COVID-19 testing locations in Irelandhere (PDF 104 KB). Many pharmacies in Ireland are also currently offering COVID-19 tests.  

U.S. Embassy Dublin assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or companies listed in the commercially available COVID-19 testing list. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The Embassy is not in a position to vouch for these providers. You may seek additional information about the service providers on the list by contacting them directly.  

The U.S. Government assumes no responsibility for payment of medical expenses for private individuals. Additionally, the U.S. Medicare Program does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside of the United States.  

Waivers to the testing and vaccination requirement(s) may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing and/or vaccination cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals departing from the Republic of Ireland – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals in the Republic of Ireland – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at, and provide the information below. Please make the subject of your email COVID-19 Testing/Vaccination  Waiver Request: Surname, First Name.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.  

  The following information must be provided for each passenger:  

a.           Type of Humanitarian or emergency request 

  •        Exemption from predeparture testing requirement; and/or
  •        Exception for requirement for proof of being fully vaccinated

b.      Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number, and    nationality 

c.      Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit 

d.      Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit 

e.       U.S. destination address 

  •        Is U.S. destination home address?            

f.       Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights 

  •        Airline
  •        Flight #                                                          
  •        Departure airport and date of departure
  •        Arrival airport and date of arrival

g.       Vaccination Status

  •        Fully Vaccinated
    • Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
    • Date of first dose
    • Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
    • PDF or photograph of vaccination record
  • NOT Fully Vaccinated

h.      Purpose of travel to the United States (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s)) 

i.       As applicable: 

  •        Justification for humanitarian exemption for testing requirement 
  •        Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated 

j.       Documentation to support justification for exception if provided (e.g., medical records or orders for medical evacuation) 

k.      Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)