Last updated: 02/24/2021
*** 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 U.S. 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Ireland’s public health service is at full capacity for COVID-19 tests and is prioritizing people who have symptoms. Close contacts will not be tested during this time. 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 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 general practitioner (GP). The test and GP assessment will be free of charge. If the GP determines that an individual does not need to be tested, he or she will be advised to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days. 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.
- 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Ireland approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19vaccination.
- For the latest information/announcements about local availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, please check the government of Ireland’s Department of Health webpage.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- All travelers to Ireland are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.
- A person arriving to Ireland without a negative PCR test faces a fine of €2,500 or six months in jail.
- Further, anyone 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 continues to advise against all non-essential foreign travel. It requires visitors arriving in Ireland, with limited exceptions, to restrict their movements and fill in a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they will self-isolate for 14 days. 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.
Travelers to Ireland 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- The Government of Ireland has placed the entire country on Level 5 of its Living with COVID-19 plan, through at least April 5, 2021.
- The Government of Ireland is restricting travel within Ireland to within 5 kilometers of one’s home for the duration of the Level 5 lockdown, with limited exceptions for essential purposes.
- Non-essential international travel is a breach of Level 5 rules.
- The Government of Ireland is also recommending that people wear masks outside where there is heavier foot traffic or crowds.
- The full details of the additional restrictions are available here
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- The Government of Ireland introduced a legal requirement to quarantine for 14 days for all travelers (except if your journey originates in Northern Ireland) – with very limited exceptions. This applies for all arrivals from 4 February 2021.
- 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.
- 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
- Public transportation is operating at significantly reduced capacity and Irish law requires the wearing of a face covering or mask on public transport.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- 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.
- In light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the latest restrictions implemented by the Government of Ireland, and to protect the health of our customers and employees, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin is offering only very limited American Citizen Services at this time. All routine American Citizen Services will resume at a future date yet to be determined. We will continue to update our website as developments occur and as we are able to further resume routine 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 operating with reduced staffing and is offering only extremely limited immigrant visa services. With the exception of life and death emergencies and travel to engage directly in the fight against COVID-19, non-immigrant visa services are suspended for the duration of the Level 5 lockdown, through at least April 5, 2021. Further, we are extremely limited in the emergency visa services we can offer and wait times for securing an appointment and for visa processing for approved applicants is much longer than usual. Prospective visa applicants are advised to not finalize non-refundable travel plans until such time as they receive their visa. 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.