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    Covid-19 Travel Guidelines

    From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival.There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland.

    Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

    From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are no longer asked to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.
    Travel carriers will not ask to check a PLF receipt prior to travel to Ireland.

    Proof of vaccination

    Ireland is part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The Digital COVID Certificate will make it easier to travel to and from these countries.

    A non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:

    -confirmation that the person to whom the record or evidence refers is a vaccinated person

    -the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated

    -the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of the state that administered or caused to be administered the vaccination to the person concerned; or the body in the state concerned that has been authorised to issue such record or other evidence to the person concerned

    From 1st February 2022, vaccine certificates for primary vaccination series will not be accepted for travel if more than 270 days have passed since the final dose in the primary vaccine series.

    Vaccine certificates based on booster/ additional doses are not time limited

    The HSE Vaccination Card is an example of acceptable non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination.

    Approved vaccines

    For the purposes of travel, passengers are considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with a product listed below after the recommended number of days after the final dose, see table below.

    A full course of any one of the following vaccines: Regarded as vaccinated after:
    2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®) 7 days
    2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®) 14 days
    2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield) 15 days
    1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®) 14 days
    2 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac) 14 days
    2 doses of Sinopharm BIBP 14 days
    2 doses of Covaxin 14 days
    A heterologous (mixed) dose of any of the above vaccines Apply the information above as it applies to the second dose
    A single dose of any of the above vaccines administered within 180 days of a positive RT-PCR test result. The traveller must hold proof of the positive test and the vaccine dose Apply the information above as it applies to the administered vaccine

    Proof of recovery – recovery certificates

    A non-Digital COVID Certificate ‘proof of recovery’ means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English which contains the following:

    -name

    -date of birth

    -disease from which holder has recovered

    -date of holder’s first positive NAAT test result

    -Member State or third country in which test was carried out

    -certificate issuer

    -dates the certificate is valid from and valid until (not more than 180 days after the date of first positive NAAT test result)

    In line with the EU DCC requirements, proofs of recovery following a positive antigen test are not accepted for the purpose of travel to Ireland.

    Exemptions from testing requirements

    -people who are travelling in the course of their duties and are an international transport worker in possession of an annex 3 certificate, the driver of a heavy goods vehicle or are aviation crew or maritime crew

    -patients travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons, and that reason is certified by a registered medical practitioner or person with equivalent qualifications outside the State

    -children aged 11 and under

    -passengers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the 14-day prior to arrival

    -a member of the Gardaí or Defence Forces personnel travelling to the State in the course of performing his or her duties

    -a person who travels to the State pursuant to an arrest warrant, extradition proceedings or other mandatory legal obligation

    -travel to perform the function of or provide services to an office holder or elected representative, where such travel to Ireland is required to continue providing such services or performing such functions

    If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, and might not be able to obtain the result of a pre-departure RT-PCR test in time, they should contact the nearest embassy or consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

    Travelling to Ireland from all overseas countries

    There is no home quarantine requirement for passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas.

    Arriving from Northern Ireland

    Travellers whose journey originated in Northern Ireland and have not been overseas in the past 14 days are not obliged to complete a Passenger Locator Form or provide proof of vaccination, recovery or test results upon arrival into Ireland.

    Restrictions do apply to travellers who have been overseas in the past 14 days and who transit to Ireland via Northern Ireland. These travellers are subject to the requirements based on their travel history, and according to their health status.

    Passengers transiting from overseas to Ireland via Northern Ireland also need to comply with UK requirements. This includes completing a UK Passenger Locator Form. Transiting passengers can provide an address in Ireland when completing this form. See further information on UK requirements for transiting passengers.`

     

    Returning to the United States from Ireland

    *Very Important:

    Upon return to USA: All air passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated peopleare requiredto have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 1 day before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days before they board a flight to the United States.

    For more information, please visit the CDC website.

    Passengers are expected to arrange their own appointments according to their respective travel dates. Please see links to testing locations below.

    You can find a PDF list of commercially available COVID-19 testing locations in Ireland here. In addition, most pharmacies in Ireland are also currently offering COVID-19 tests. You will need to make an appointment for this option. If you need assistance with this, please let us know.

    PCR Test Locations in Ireland

    Randox

    Randox… https://booking.randox.ie/covid-19-testing/?service_id=1

    Go to the pull-down menu to view centers to choose from, including Dublin City Centre and Cork City.

    PCR Test Locations in the North of Ireland

    Belfast; Vitalis

    Vitalis in Belfast… https://vitalishealth.co.uk/covid-pcr-test-for-travel-and-travel-certificate

    The testing facility is at the City Centre location which is located at Level 3, 58 Howard Street, Belfast BT1 6PJ, UK

    After arrival in the United States

    -Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel.

    -Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

    -Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.htm

    Should your travel plans change or in the case of an emergency

    Please contact our office in Ireland directly to notify us:

    Specialized Travel Services’ Cork Office +353 (0)21-4391996.

    This is a 24hr extension. If you have any queries and need to contact this number, please provide us with your name, phone number and reference number so we can easily locate your booking.

    Air Travel

    Please make sure to contact your airline directly to ensure that you are familiar with their current requirements regarding travel and Covid-19. Your individual airline will be your best resource in acquiring this information.

    Hotels

    Check-in time for hotels is generally after 3.00pm. It is important that you contact hotels directly if you will be arriving after 6.00pm. Hotel contact information is printed on each hotel voucher.

    Restaurants

    Indoor dining has been reinstated in Ireland. As of the 21st of January, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required when entering the premises, however, the wearing of masks while moving about in public places is still a requirement. For instance, while entering an establishment or getting up to use the restroom, you should wear a mask. Masks may be removed while seated.

     

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