Can I travel to Ireland?

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Easily accessible from Great Britain, Ireland is a popular holiday destination with Brits. However, due to COVID-19, there are several entry requirements that you need to be aware of.

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Here’s what you need to know about what documents you’ll need upon arrival and what to expect for travel insurance for your trip when you’re in Ireland.

Ireland entry and COVID-19

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, there are currently entry rules in place for travelers coming to Ireland from non-EU/EEA countries. These apply to travelers to Great Britain.

From Friday 3rd December 2021All arrivals aged 12 and over Those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 One of the following must be provided:

  • A negative or not detected antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • A negative or not detected RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
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Test results must be certified and not self-administered.

those who are not fully vaccinated or cured An RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival should show a negative or not found.

All passengers will have to fill an online passenger locator form, which will be checked prior to departure from the UK. A form must be filled out for every traveler 18 years of age and older and you will be asked to include information including your mobile phone number, your place of residence in Ireland and how you arrived in Ireland.

vaccination status

If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to show proof of vaccination on arrival, this is via an NHS COVID pass for travelers to England and Wales and an NHS letter for Scotland. You will not be required to take travel-related tests or quarantine.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR result taken 72 hours before arrival in Ireland and then quarantine for 14 days. You can reduce this time if you take a free PCR test in Ireland at a testing center run by the Health Services Executive, which can be taken at least five days after arrival.

You must book this before arriving in Ireland and can only end your quarantine if you receive a written confirmation of a negative result. You will need to carry proof of your negative result with you until your 14 days are up.

Know more about booking a COVID test after your arrival in Ireland Here,

traveling with kids

Children under the age of 18 who are vaccinated or traveling with a healthy adult are not required to self-quarantine after their arrival. However, if self-quarantine with an adult is required, all children should do the same. Testing requirements will depend on the age of the child:

  • Children under the age of 12 do not need to undergo a PCR test or self-quarantine before traveling to Ireland
  • Children aged 12 to 17 years who have not been fully vaccinated will need to have an RT-PCR test within 72 hours before traveling to Ireland and present a negative result. If they have been fully vaccinated or have valid evidence of recent recovery, they will not need to be tested.

Other Entry Requirements

British citizens traveling from the UK to Ireland do not need a passport to visit Ireland, as the UK, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area (CTA), which entitles citizens to travel freely between the two countries. gives.

However, immigration officers will check the ID of all travelers arriving by air from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, so the Foreign Office for Commonwealth and Development advice You to get your British passport.

If you use your passport to enter, it must be valid for the duration of your stay.

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when you are in ireland

Indoor hospitality venues, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes, are open to those who have been fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months, as well as those under the age of 18 in their care. age children. You will need to show proof of your vaccination/recovery status and will need to provide tracing contact details unless you are under the age of 18.

In addition to sitting at your table, social distancing measures and face coverings are essential indoors. Masks are required in shops and on public transport.

return to uk

You will not have to take the Kovid-19 test or quarantine when you come back to England from Ireland. This applies if you are traveling within the Common Travel Area (CTA) – the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man – and have not been outside the CTA in the past 10 days.

Do I need travel insurance for Ireland?

Because of its proximity to England, you might think that travel insurance is not necessary for a trip to Ireland. But, travel insurance should be an important part of any vacation you take, whether you are living in Great Britain or traveling abroad. It can cover you for a number of things that can go wrong, from unexpected cancellations in the trip to travel and from medical costs to personal liability.

UK residents can obtain ‘essential healthcare’ from state health services in Ireland. In short, it is healthcare that is essential during your stay and cannot wait until you return home.

However, you should still take out travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical costs as not all state health care is free in Ireland and you may have to pay for services that are free with the NHS.

You should also apply for a free Global Health Insurance Card, or GHIC, before your trip. get more information Healthcare services here in Ireland.

To find the best travel insurance policy for you, it is advisable to compare several policies side-by-side, taking note of financial limits, extra amount and any exclusions.

You should also see what protection the policy provides with respect to disruptions due to COVID-19. Read more about taking out travel insurance here and you can use the box below to compare travel insurance quotes.

What about traveling to Northern Ireland?

If you are traveling from England to Northern Ireland and you have not been out of the CTA in the last 10 days, you will not need to fill out the Passenger Locator Form. However, you are asked to take a Lateral Flow Apparatus Test (LFD) before you travel and only travel if it is negative. You are also asked to collect LFD on the second and eighth day of your journey. Here is more information about CTA. travel within,

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