To respond to the recent emergence of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, the government has decided to amend the travel requirements for incoming passengers.


From 5th December, all passengers from abroad to Ireland are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. 

  • A passenger with proof of vaccination or recovery can show either a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Only Rapid Antigen Tests, which are listed on the common EU rapid antigen test list, will be accepted, and it must be carried out by a health professional or skilled testing personnel.

  • Passengers without proof of vaccination or recovery must show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.

  • Passengers to Ireland who arrive without a negative test result are required to home quarantine and take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival. A subsequent negative ('not detected)' text can enable the passenger to exit the home quarantine. If no PCR test is taken, the passenger must remain in the home quarantine for ten days after arrival.


Proof of a negative ('not detected)' COVID-19 test result will be checked pre-departure and may be subject to checks on arrival.