Covid-19 Updates

last updated 20 Dec 2020

Ireland Covid-19 Regulations

  1. Entry Restrictions

Ireland currently does not ban any travelers from entering the country, but flights coming from the United Kingdom are currently suspended until 31 December 2020.

Passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas are required to complete the online COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival, except for children below the age of 16 and providers of essential supply chain services. Travelers who fail to complete the form re subject to severe penalties, including a fine of up to €2,500 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Ireland has also suspended visa-free entry for holders of UK short-stay visas.

2. Quarantine/Self-Isolation Requirements

Travelers are generally requested to restrict their movements for 14 days if their arrive into Ireland from another country. This applies to all travelers entering the State, including Irish citizens coming home and people with no COVID-19 symptoms. Due to concerns relating to a new strain of COVID-19 in South Africa, all those who are arriving into Ireland following travel from South Africa, are advised to self-isolate  for a period of 14 days following their arrival into Ireland. All such travelers, whether they have symptoms or not are asked to phone any GP or GP out of hours service, to arrange for a COVID-19 test, which should be done as soon as possible after 5 days post arrival. This test will be free of charge if arranged through GPs. 

The following travelers are exempt from the movement restrictions:

  1. International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors
  2. Travelers with an essential function, including:
    1. Passengers travelling for the purposes of an imperative business reason, only while carrying out that essential function
    1. Passengers arriving for imperative family reasons, only while pursuing that imperative reason
    1. Returning passengers, who have carried out an essential function in another region, but who have otherwise restricted their movement while in that region
  3. Children aged 6 or under; or
  4. Travelers from “green” EU/EEA/UK regions, or those arriving from Northern Ireland.
  5. Passengers arriving from an “orange” EU/EEA/UK region, who have received a negative/’not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken during the three (3) days before departure to Ireland. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession

Effective 29 November 2020, travelers arriving from an “orange” or “red” or “grey” EU/EEA/UK region must restrict their movements for 14 days. Furthermore, until further notice, passengers arriving into Ireland from Denmark are requested to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival, including those travelling for an essential purpose.

The 14-day movement restriction period can be shortened if travelers receive a negative/’not detected’ result of a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. Travelers should wait for their negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements.

3. Impact on Work/Residence Permit Processing

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) continues to process all types of employment permit applications. As part of COVID-19 measures, copies of employment permits will be issued electronically to employers in Ireland (the issuance of certified original copies of employment permits is temporarily suspended) . Additionally, the DBEI will temporarily allow applications for Stamp 4 Letters of Support to be submitted electronically via e-mail.  

The GNIB Registration in Dublin is temporarily closed to the public for “first time” registration appointments with effect from 21 October 2020. All permission renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only at All permissions that are due to expire between 20 September 2020 and 20 January 2021 are automatically renewed through 20 January 2021. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.

Please note that COVID-19 related visa and immigration policies are subject to frequent change. For additional information, please contact

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