COVID-19 Travel Advice
Before travelling to/from Ireland, arriving and departing passengers should consult the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs website dfa.ie and the Irish Government website gov.ie, for the latest travel advice and updates.
Irish Government Announcement February 4th, 2021
There have been a number of announcements made by the Irish Government, regarding all international travel - be it arriving and departing passengers – and very specifically, new rules regarding quarantine. For the latest Irish Government information see here. The information below is correct as of the 4th of February 2021 with further updates to follow.
Arriving Passenger Information
All passengers are required by law to present a completed passenger locator form, a negative pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test result and quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Ireland.
It is mandatory by law to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane, and to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.
The only limited exemptions are international transport workers, patients travelling for urgent medical care, children aged six and under and connecting passengers are exempt from this requirement. For more information regarding COVID-19 travel requirements, please see www.gov.ie .
Mandatory 14 Day Quarantine
The Irish Government has introduced a legal requirement to home quarantine for 14 days at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form for all passengers arriving in Ireland. All passengers arriving into Ireland from a 'Category 2 Country', which is a country deemed high risk for the spread of COVID-19, or transit through one of these countries, must now complete a full mandatory 14 day period of quarantine, even if they receive a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. This applies even if the passenger remains airside during transit on their journey to Ireland. For a list of Category 2 countries please visit dfa.ie or gov.ie
Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement and a full list is available here.
Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also complete the 14 day quarantine. If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.
Passengers are permitted to travel to a testing facility during their 14 day quarantine to take a RT-PCR test. Passengers can end the 14 day quarantine early if they receive a negative RT-PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival in Ireland unless they have arrived from a 'Category 2 Country'.
Passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling onwards/connecting flight to another state and do not leave the airport are not required to provide evidence of a negative or not detected COVID-19 test result. For further details on this, please see the Irish Government's advice on international travel here.
COVID-19 Testing Facilities at Dublin Airport
Two private companies, Roc Doc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at Dublin Airport. *Please note COVID-19
tests at the testing facilities located at Dublin Airport need to be pre-booked in advance through the
service providers. It is not possible to get a test without booking in advance. For more information on how to pre-book a COVID-19 test, please follow the details below.
Randox (Pre-booked appointments, tests performed in clinic)
- PCR test €99 with results available the next day.
- From February 22nd, antigen testing will be available for €49 and can be pre-booked online now.
Booking is already open on www.booking.randox.ie
The Randox Travel Centre is located close to the Terminal 2 Short Term multi-storey car park at Dublin Airport. Dedicated parking is available on Level 5 of the Terminal 2 Short Term multi-storey car park. *Please note pre-booking is essential.
- When arriving at the airport, follow the directional signage for Terminal 2 parking. A detailed video can be found here.
- After you have parked in the dedicated area, take the lift down to the ground floor.
- When you come out the lift, turn to your left to exit the car park.
- You are now facing the back of the Randox Travel Centre. Cross the road and walk around the building to the Randox Travel Centre entrance.
Please see website for more information on how to book: https://booking.randox.ie
You can also call the Randox booking helpline direct on tel: 0044 2890 394 286
RocDoc Health Check (Pre-booked appointments, test performed in person's car or in-clinic)
- PCR test €129 with results in 1-2 working days
- LAMP test €149 with results in 12 hours
- LAMP test express €199 with results in 5 hours
- Antigen/ Rapid test €89 with results in 60 minutes
RocDoc Health Check Green Car Park In-clinic and In-car Testing Facility:
The RocDoc Health Check in-car testing facility and in-clinic testing facility at Dublin Airport is located in the Green Car Park. Click here for directions. *Please note pre-booking is essential.
RocDoc Health Check North Terminal Antigen Testing Facility:
There is a second RocDoc Health Check in-clinic facility located at the North Terminal which facilitates Antigen testing for the 05:55am and 07:00am flights to Amsterdam. Click here for more information.
Please see website for more information on how to book: https://rocdochealthcheck.ie
You can also call RocDoc direct on tel: 01 969 7893.
In the case of departing passengers, it is important to note that some countries, including those in the EU, may require visitors to have a negative COVID-19 test result in advance of travel, either to enter the country in the first place and/or eliminate
the requirement to quarantine on arrival. In most cases, a certificate showing the negative COVID-19 test result must confirm this test has been performed within 72 hours of arriving in the country, state or region.
These requirements change rapidly, and passengers are advised to check the current COVID-19 entry requirements for a particular country, state or region before departing Ireland.
Important passenger information for passengers travelling from Ireland to the Netherlands
From January 15, 2021 people travelling to the Netherlands from Ireland must provide proof that they have tested negative for coronavirus following a rapid test (antigen test) taken within 4 hours of boarding the plane for departure in addition to a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands. As a result, passengers should add at least one hour onto their travelling time.
Passengers must provide:
1. proof of a negative result from a rapid test/antigen test (taken within 4 hours before departure)
2. proof of a negative result from a PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Netherlands)
3. Both negative test results will need to be presented before boarding the plane
You can also opt for a LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) test only. A negative LAMP test result is accepted, provided
- the test was performed no more than 4 hours before boarding, and
- you have the test result.
If you show a negative LAMP test result, you do not need to show a negative result from a rapid antigen test and a negative PCR test result.
For more information click here.
How do I book the Antigen/Rapid COVID-19 test?
The antigen test must be taken directly before departure and is available to book at the RocDoc Health Check testing facility at Dublin Airport. The RocDoc Health Check in-car and in-clinic testing facility at Dublin Airport is located in the Green Car Park. Click here for directions. *Please note pre-booking is essential. The Antigen test is priced at €89 and results are available within 60 minutes.
To book please visit website: https://rocdochealthcheck.ie. You can also call RocDoc directly on 01- 969 7893
RocDoc North Terminal Facility Open for 05:55am and 07:00am Amsterdam Flights
From Monday February 1st the RocDoc North Terminal antigen testing facility will open from 02.00 am-10.00am daily to facilitate passengers travelling on the 05:55am and 07:00am flights to Amsterdam.*Please note this is an in-clinic service only and the in-car service is only available at the Green Car Park facility. Please follow directional signage from T1 departures. Alternatively you can find the North Terminal by following the co-ordinates on Google Maps here. *Pre-booking is essential.
The negative test result must be in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Dutch. The document must contain the following information:
- Type of test.
- Test result: the test result must be negative (or ‘not detected’) for SARS-CoV-2.
- Passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport.
- Date and time of test: for passengers, the test must have been conducted no more than 4 hours prior to departure.
- Logo, stamp or details of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.
- Either a digital or paper copy of the test result may be shown.
A translation of the test result will be accepted provided the translation bears the original signature or stamp of the doctor or institute that conducted the test.
The entry requirements for each location across the world can change rapidly in-line with local measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In some cases, entry requirements may apply to passengers transferring through an airport en route to another destination.
Many governments prohibit entry for tourists and business travellers and may prohibit all non-citizens entry to their country, state or region, so please ensure you have the most accurate and up to date information before travel.
It is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that any test certificate issued from a COVID-19 testing facility sufficiently meets the local entry requirements of the destination country, state or region including any connecting airport requirements. Certain locations may require the test result to be translated into the local language at each location. Passengers should check local requirements and keep up to date as they evolve. For more information on COVID-19 testing facilities located in Ireland please click here.
For a full list of COVID-19 related FAQs please click here.