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New air travel system introduced as non-essential international travel resumes

DUBLIN: With the introduction of the EU Digital Covid Certificate to facilitate travel, Ireland has also eased international travel rules. However, some rules remain the same. No change has been made in the requirement for those arriving in the country to fill up the Passenger Locator form; failure to do so is an offence.

The notable difference is that travellers entering Ireland from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland do not need to be quarantined if they have proof of being fully vaccinated or recovering from COVID-19 in the past six months. 

For travellers from the European Union, a negative PCR test taken within three days will suffice.

UK and US travellers

Passengers arriving from the UK and US do not require quarantine if they have proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered, you must have a negative PCR test and must self-quarantine for 14 days. If you get a negative test on day five or later, you can leave quarantine.

Traveling with children

Passengers between the ages of 12 and 17 also need proof of vaccination or recovery. Otherwise, a negative PCR result that is no more than three days old is required. Children traveling with adults with DCC do not require quarantine, but the same applies to children if an adult needs self-quarantine.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Quarantine is mandatory for travellers from countries on Ireland’s red list. Passengers who have been in or transited through a designated state are required to stay in a designated hotel for 14 days. If you get a negative PCR test on day ten, your quarantine will be lifted.

‘Sudden break’

Ireland has also envisioned an emergency brake system along with the DCC. This arrangement imposes a “rapid restriction” on travellers arriving from any country where there has been a sudden spike in infections.

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