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Electronic Passenger Locator Form

The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is provided for in Irish law under statutory instrument No. 181/2020 of the Health Act 1947 and applies to all passengers arriving into Ireland via its airports and seaports.

  • The form can be found at gov.ie/locatorform and works across all devices – mobile, tablet or laptop.
  • It must be completed in advance of travel or before arrival at the airport or seaport.
  • Once completed, an email confirmation will be sent to the passenger, who must present this to an Immigration Officer at Passport Control.
  • If, for some reason, the form cannot be completed online, a hard copy will be supplied at Passport Control.
  • The data you provide in the form will be used to contact you by SMS (text message) and/or telephone call, to give you public health advice, verify your address details and allow for contact tracing.
  • If the address supplied in the form has changed, the updated details must be emailed to passengerlocatorform@plf.ie
  • Should you have any queries about your data protection, please email dpo@health.gov.ie

For public health advice, please see hse.ie.

EU Traffic Light System

On the 8th of November, the Irish government adopted the EU traffic light system for travel. Within the 'traffic lights' system, regions across the EU, EEA and the UK are categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A map showing the designation of each region is published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates. You can access the latest map here.

There are no restrictions on travel from a green region to another country within the system. Each EU member state can set its own rules in relation to how it deals with arriving passengers from orange and red areas.

Arriving Passengers

The Irish Government has announced that from Saturday, January 16, 2021, all passengers arriving to Ireland except for children under six or intenational transport workers must have a negative or not detected COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into Ireland and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers upon arrival at Dublin Airport. 

Passengers arriving from green and orange regions - as defined by the EU traffic light system - will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival, but must follow the local public health guidance. 

Passengers arriving from red or grey list regions and all other locations outside of Europe, should restrict their movements for 14 days after arrival. However, the need to restrict movements for 14 days can be waived for passengers who have a negative or not-detected result from a PCR test taken no less than five days after arrival to Ireland except for passengers arriving from Britain or South Africa.

According to Government guidelines, all passengers arriving from Britain and South Africa must isolate for 14 days after arrival, even if they take a second COVID test five days after arrival.


Connecting Passengers

Passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling onwards/connecting flight to another state and do not leave the airport are are not required to provide evidence of a negative or not detected COVID-19 test. For further details on this, please see the Irish government's advice on international travel here.

Passengers arriving from Britain and South Africa

HSE public health advice states that all passengers arriving from Britain or South Africa, must self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have or will take a COVID-19 test on day five of arriving and have a COVID-19 ‘not detected’ result.

Departing Passengers

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.

Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available Opens in new windowhere on the country-specific travel advice pages on Opens in new windowdfa.ie.


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