Ireland Will Introduce Covid-19 Testing for Visitors from December 3rd

December 2, 2021
Ireland will introduce Covid-19 testing

Ireland will introduce Covid-19 testing for everyone arriving in the country from December 3rd.

Everyone arriving from other territories must produce a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.

The Goal Is to Prevent the Further Spread of the Omicron Variant

Ireland will introduce Covid-19 testing to prevent the further spread of the omicron Covid-19 variant that has appeared in several European countries.

The Irish government has also communicated that everyone not fully vaccinated against coronavirus will have to produce a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours. Travelers who are completely inoculated may choose whether to present a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours.

Ireland’s published statement reads, “From Friday, December 3rd, 2021, all arrivals aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 must provide either a negative or not detected antigen test (taken within 48 hours before arrival) or a negative or not detected RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours before arrival).”

Ireland’s authorities have also announced everyone who has been to any of the countries below in the last fourteen days shall not come to Ireland unless in an emergency.

Today, the Irish authorities have confirmed that the first case of the Covid-19 omicron variant has appeared in Ireland. Tests were conducted at the National Virus Reference Laboratory. 

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

There Will Be Exceptions for Irish nationals and Britons, EU citizens, and more

Despite the appearance of the omicron variant, the Irish authorities have said that there would be some exceptions. For instance, Irish nationals and EU citizens with their family members, Britons, and legal residents in Ireland, plus diplomat people and transport workers, will not be subject to the new entry requirements when coming to Ireland.

The statement reads, “Travelers must quarantine at the address you gave on your passenger locator form for 14 days upon the arrival. You must get an RT-PCR test on day two and day eight. The HSE will contact you to arrange the tests. You can leave home quarantine on day ten if your tests are negative. If your test is positive, you must quarantine for ten days from the date of the positive test.”

From December 3rd, the Irish authorities will require everyone, irrespective of their vaccination status, to produce a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours before arrival.

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