COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/23/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Ireland has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • To see recent U.S. Embassy Dublin Health alerts, please go here.
  • For information on public health measures in place in Ireland, visit their dedicated webpage.
  • For additional current information go to the Irish government’s COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Ireland? Yes
  • While the Government of Ireland is not offering tests for the purposes of international travel, commercial testing facilities are available.  You can find additional information on commercially available COVID-19 testing locations in Ireland here.  Pre-departure testing is also available at Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • The cost for a COVID-19 test through commercial suppliers typically range from €100 to €150 for RT-PCR tests.
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • If you are a close contact you need to restrict your movements (stay at home), even if you feel well.  If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your General Practitioner (GP) for further advice.
  • U.S. citizens who experience symptoms or are a close contact of a confirmed case may be able to arrange and obtain a COVID-19 test through a GP.
  • Most people will get their results within 2 days, but it can take longer.
  • Test results are sent by text message. If your test is positive, you will also receive a call.
  • Test results are given 7 days a week up until 9pm.
  • Call the COVID-19 helpline if you are waiting more than 2 days (48 hours) for your results.
  • Do not contact your GP for test results.
  • For more information,  please review   https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/how-to-get-tested.html.
  • Find GP contact details.
  • Find GP out-of-hours contact details.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Ireland approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Ireland for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Vaccines are available for residents, including resident U.S. citizens.
  • Which vaccines are available in Ireland? The AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are currently approved for use in Ireland.
  • Visit the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) website for more information on the COVID-19 vaccines in Ireland.
  • Click here for details about the Irish government’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, including which groups are eligible and how they can get their vaccine.  New guidance will be released on these pages as additional groups become eligible for vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/ 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • However, for travelers arriving into Ireland from the United States who present valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine is necessary.
  • If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
  • If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:
    • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
    • self-quarantine for 14 days
    • if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine
  • A person arriving into Ireland without a negative PCR test or valid proof of vaccination or recovery faces a fine of €2,500 or six months in jail.
  • Further, anyone requiring a test who arrives without a PCR test, is required to take a test within 36 hours of arrival.  It is an offence not to take the test and can result in a fine of up to €2,500 or a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The Irish government requires visitors arriving into Ireland who must self-isolate, with limited exceptions, to fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Health Service Executive (HSE) staff are present in the Dublin and Shannon airports to assist arriving passengers who have concerns related to COVID-19.  If you are in Ireland and believe you may have symptoms, please phone a doctor or dial 112 or 999 locally.  If someone tests positive for the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) will isolate and treat the individual.  The Irish government has established a phone number for COVID-19-related travel queries:  +353 1 613 1733.
  • On August 30, the European Council put the United States on its COVID “red list” of third countries, thereby recommending to member states to restrict entry to vaccinated and “essential” U.S. travelers; it provided no specific guidance on whether member states should accept CDC vaccination cards.
  • Accordingly, EU member states can exercise discretion in accepting CDC vaccination cards, so U.S. travelers need to consult travel advisory information in each EU country to understand specific requirements.  As each country oversees its own immigration and public health measures, the U.S. Embassy in Ireland is unable to provide guidance on Irish immigration or public health requirements apart from that available at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go.html and in this autoreply.  You may also wish to contact the Irish Consulate closest to you for further information: https://www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/
    Under the Council recommendation, member states should grant entry only to U.S. travelers who are vaccinated or qualify under “essential traveler” exceptions; requirements to take PCR tests and complete passenger locator forms (PLFs) remain part of the basic COVID screening process, and quarantine requirements may vary.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • The Government of Ireland is still recommending that people wear masks outside where there is heavier foot traffic or crowds.
  • The full details of the restrictions are available here

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • The Government of Ireland requires all travelers (except if your journey originates in Northern Ireland) to quarantine for 14 days, with very limited exceptions. Vaccination or valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days excepts travelers from this requirement.
  • Persons who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must observe the mandatory quarantine regime.
  • Any traveler arriving to Ireland is required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will quarantine.  Failure to complete the form or providing false or misleading information is an offense under Irish law, with a fine of up to €2,500 (nearly $3,000) and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.
  • The 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form.
  • From March 26, 2021, passengers arriving into Ireland from or who have been present within the preceding 14 days in – including only having transited – any of a list of designated high-risk countries must complete a 14-day Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.  The list of high-risk countries does not include the United States.  Passengers arriving from or who have been present within the preceding 14 days in any country on this list are required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.  Travelers who fail to fulfil the legal requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine are committing an offence and can be fined up to €2,000 or get a prison sentence of up to 1 month, or both.  Passengers arriving from one of the designated high-risk countries who are fully vaccinated are exempt from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, but must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at the location listed on their Passenger Locator Form submitted upon arrival to Ireland.  The Mandatory Hotel Quarantine program is a Government of Ireland program – the U.S. Embassy cannot intervene on behalf of private U.S. citizens who are subject to the quarantine requirement.  See this notice from the Irish Department of Health for details.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • There are no restrictions on flights from the United States to Ireland although the number of available flights is significantly diminished.  Aer Lingus, American Airlines, and United Airlines are flying to the United States from Ireland, with limited service from Dublin to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Newark, and New York.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Irish law requires the wearing of a face covering or mask on public transport.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • The penalty on conviction for not abiding by Irish regulations, including mandatory 14-day quarantine, PCR testing requirement, completing the Passenger Locator Form, and wearing a face covering, is up to €2,500 (nearly $3,000) and/or 6 months in prison.

Consular Operations 

  • In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, Government of Ireland restrictions on the workplace, and to protect the health of our customers and employees, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin is offering reduced American Citizen Services at this time. We will continue to update our website as developments occur and as we are able to further resume services.  For the latest information on U.S. citizen services, please visit the U.S. Citizen Services section of our Embassy website, https://ie.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ 
  • Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures the U.S. Embassy in Dublin is offering non-immigrant visa services. Wait times for visa appointments and visa processing time for approved applicants are longer than normal.  Prospective visa applicants are advised to not finalize non-refundable travel plans until such time as they receive their visa.  We are extremely limited in the emergency visa services we can offer and we cannot approve all requests for expedited appointments.    For additional information we encourage you to review our list of frequently asked questions and associated answers available at https://ie.usembassy.gov/us-travel-restrictions/ and the additional resources available at the links below. 

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