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24/09/2021

EXPLAINER: What are the Covid-19 restrictions for people travelling to Ireland?

EXPLAINER: What are the Covid-19 restrictions for people travelling to Ireland?

What are the Covid-19 restrictions for people travelling to Ireland?

The Government has brought in a range of new Covid-19 restrictions on people travelling to Ireland as of Tuesday, January 26.

The measures are as follows:

* All passengers arriving into Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) are required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

* Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.

* Passengers who arrive in an Irish Airport or Sea Port without evidence of a negative/‘not detected’ test result commit an offence and may be subject to prosecution, punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

* International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors are exempt from this requirement where they are travelling in the course of performing their duties.

* Children aged 6 and under are also exempt from the testing requirement, although they are advised to restrict movements for 14 days.

* Passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling onwards to another state and do not leave the airport are also not required to provide evidence of a test.

* If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

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