Is It possible to travel to Ireland from the UK at the moment?

Thinking of travelling to this lovely island and enjoying its spectacular naturescape and castles anytime soon? The good news is the current restrictions in place in Ireland have eased and international travels have resumed in Ireland with several remaining restrictions, travelling to Ireland is no longer beyond the bounds of possibility - if you are arriving from the UK, EU or the EEA.

If you are planning for a trip to this beautiful country from the United Kingdom, here is some useful information to know - if you are fully vaccinated, travelling with children, or documents and forms you need to prepare. 

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Read on for more information from the CabinZero Travel News below. 

Travelling to Ireland during COVID-19: What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland?

From July 19th, 2021, all international travels for non-essential purposes resumed for Irish citizens. From July 26th, all indoor services in bars and restaurants reopened with restrictions as below:

  • You must present proof that you are fully vaccinated or you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. If you have children under 18 with you, they don’t need to show proof of vaccination or recovery. 
  • A maximum of 6 people over age 13 are allowed per table. If there are children under age 12, the maximum number of people allowed is 15 people. 
  • Live music and dancing are not permitted.
  • For contact tracing, one member of your group must give their details to the bar or restaurant.
  • You should wear a face-covering if you are not sitting at your table.
  • You can’t eat or drink at the bar or counter, but only at your table. 

From August 5th, a wedding can accommodate up to 100 guests and baptism can take place but gatherings afterwards are not recommended. 

Meeting people indoors

Fully vaccinated people are allowed to meet indoors with no limit on the number of people. This is also applied to people who were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 9 months (because they have immunity for 9 months). 

If you and your household are not fully vaccinated, you can have one visitor indoors from another unvaccinated household.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can meet indoors:

  • With people from a household who are unvaccinated as long as they don’t show the risk of severe illness.
  • If no more than 3 households are there.

Meeting people outdoors

For outdoor organised events, up to 200 attendees are allowed. 500 people are allowed in a venue with a capacity of 5,000 people or more. 

All shops and retail are reopened, as well as cinemas and theatres.

Accommodations

Hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering and hostels are reopened. Indoor services, such as bars and restaurants, are for overnight guests only.

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Travelling to Ireland from the UK - What to note?

If you would like to travel to Ireland from the UK, you are required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form prior to your travel. If you travel from Great Britain with proof of full vaccination, you are not required to undergo a test or self-isolate. If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, you are not required to take any travel-related testing or quarantine if you show proof of recovery. 

If you are travelling to Ireland from Great Britain and do not have proof of full vaccinations, you will need to:

  • Show proof of a negative RT-PCT COVID test result within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland.
  • Self-quarantine
  • Be subjected to post-arrival testing

The are no restrictions if you’re travelling from Northern Ireland. However, if you travel to Ireland through Northern Ireland and you have been abroad for more than 14 days prior to your arrival, you will need to follow relevant restrictions applied to the country that you’re travelling from.

>> Check out: Travel to Scotland During Covid 19

Travelling to Ireland - Passenger Locator Form

If you’re arriving in Ireland from another country, you will need to fill in an online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before you arrive. You will receive an email receipt, which will be required when boarding. 

You also need to fill in this form if you’re travelling to Ireland through Northern Ireland and have been abroad for more than 14 days prior to your arrival. 

You will need to fill in the following information:

  • The mobile phone number you will use when in Ireland
  • Your email address
  • Your place of accommodation when staying in Ireland
  • Information on your transportation to Ireland (name of airline or ferry, flight or ferry number)
  • Passport details of passengers

You will also be required to provide one of the following documents:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months
  • Proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival OR a positive RT-PCR COVID-19 test result at least 11 days before arrival (and no more than 180 days)

If there is any change of any information you provided on the form over the next 14 days, you will have to provide your updated information to the email passengerlocatorform@plf.ie.

What does fully vaccinated mean?

You are considered to have fully vaccinated when travelling to Ireland when you get a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, details are: 

  • AstraZeneca: 15 days after the second dose
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: 7 days after the second dose
  • Moderna: 14 days after the second dose
  • Janssen: 14 days after the single dose

>> Check out: Travel within the UK during Covid 19

What should I do if I travel with children?

If you accompany children, they must be declared on your COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. 

Unaccompanied children aged 12 and above must fill in the Passenger Locator Form themselves. 

If the children are between the age of 12-17, they must have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, unless they are fully vaccinated. If the children are 11 years of age or under, they do not need an RT-PCR COVID test to travel to Ireland. 

No travel-related quarantine is applied for children at all ages if they are accompanied by adults who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 and do not have to quarantine. However, if you need to self-isolate upon arrival, the children you are accompanying will have to do so as well. 

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