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When Can I Travel To Ireland?


Adult travellers who arrive in Ireland with proof of vaccination or the EU Digital Covid Certificate will have no travel-related testing or quarantine requirement.

This means that, whether your trip originates in the USA, Canada or elsewhere in the world, you will be able to enter Ireland as long as you can prove you are fully vaccinated or have the EU Digital Covid Certificate.

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Do I Have To Quarantine In Ireland?


    If you don’t carry valid proof of vaccination or the EU Digital Covid Certificate when you arrive in Ireland from a country to which the emergency brake hasn't been applied, you will need to:

    • Present evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country;
    • Self-quarantine at an address provided on the Passenger Locator Form (this will be subject to spot checks);
    • Undergo post-arrival testing, provided by the Irish health service.

    A mandatory 14 day hotel quarantine is only required if you arrive in Ireland without proof of vaccination from a country to which the emergency brake mechanism has been applied.

    What’s the Emergency Brake?

    The EU will apply an 'emergency brake' mechanism to countries where Covid-19 and/or variants of concern are becoming widespread.

    If you arrive in Ireland from a country to which this mechanism has been applied, you will have to undergo some form of quarantine. This will be dependent on your vaccination status.

    The emergency brake mechanism will be continually assessed by the EU based on the spread of variants. All relevant updates will be posted here. Confirmed 2021 guests will be notified directly of major changes.

    Read the official Irish government advice on travelling to Ireland during the pandemic

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    What If My Tour Goes To Northern Ireland?


    In Northern Ireland, a self-isolation period of up to 10 days is currently applicable to all travellers whose journey has originated in the U.S. or Canada, as well as these other restrictions.

    Unfortunately, these restrictions apply regardless of your vaccination status due to the current ‘amber’ status of both the United States and Canada on this UK government 'traffic light' list.

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    What Happens When I Return?


    For Returning US Citizens

    Before boarding a flight to the United States, all air passengers, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have either:

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    Where Can I Get Tested In Dublin?


    Can I Get Tested At Dublin Airport?

    Yes. Dependent on time and the requirements of your country/airline, you can get tested at Dublin Airport before your departure.

    Two private companies, RocDoc Health Check and Randox are providing RT-PCR and rapid/antigen testing at Dublin Airport.

    You will need to book the service in advance, leaving enough time to get tested and make your way through security.

    Read more about this service and the booking process on the Dublin Airport website

    Testing Centres in Dublin City/Downtown

    If you have a little more time in Dublin before your departing flight, we would recommend getting tested in the city.

    No matter where your hotel is in Dublin, there are plenty of test facilities available.

    A number of testing centres are within easy walking distance of our tour drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel.

    Check our list of Covid-19 testing centres in Dublin [pdf, 115kb]

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    Will Coronavirus / Covid-19 affect my Ireland tour?


    The welfare of our guests and staff, as well as that of the communities we visit, will always be paramount.

    While Ireland may be fully reopened at the time of your tour — and the legendary Vagabond craic is guaranteed — we have put precautionary measures in place to keep everyone safe:

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    Is A Covid-19 Vaccine Required To Travel To Ireland?


    Adult travellers who arrive in Ireland must show either a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate (more details below) or valid proof of vaccination from their home country (if not part of the EU or participating partner countries).

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    Do I Need A Covid-19 Vaccine To Tour?


    All travellers arriving in Ireland must show proof of vaccination OR a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) to avoid quarantine.

    As a result, we expect the number of unvaccinated guests on our tours in the 2021 season to be negligible.

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