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The rules for travelling Ireland from the UK

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What are the entry requirements for all travellers?

The Irish government’s guidance should be followed by travellers arriving in Ireland.

You don’t need to present any proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a receipt for the Irish passenger locator form if you travel to Ireland between Sunday 6 March 2022 and Sunday 6 March 2022.

No post-arrival quarantine or testing is required for travel to Ireland.

You should consult the HSE guidelines if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are in Ireland.

Young people and children 

You don’t need to present any proof of vaccination, recovery, or a receipt for the Irish passenger locator form if you travel to Ireland between Sunday 6 March 2022 and Sunday 6 March 2022.

No post-arrival quarantine or testing is required for travel to Ireland.

You should consult the HSE guidelines if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are in Ireland.

From Northern Ireland, travelling to Ireland.

You do not require a Passenger Locator Form if you are travelling from Northern Ireland to Ireland nor proof of vaccination, recovery or test results upon arrival.

Transiting through Ireland?

Transiting through the Common Travel Area

Before you travel to Ireland, you must follow the Managed Hotel Quarantine rules in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland if you have been to any country on the red list for England, Scotland and Wales. Separate restrictions apply in Wales. You can find rules for travel and transit in England. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Exemptions

Find out more about travelling to the UK, Isle of Man or Ireland if you are a British or Irish citizen under the Common Transport Area arrangements.

Before you travel, make sure to check your passport and other travel documents.

ID

The Common Travel Area includes Ireland and the UK. British citizens who travel from the UK to Ireland don’t require a passport. Irish immigration officers may request proof of citizenship if you are born outside of the UK. It is a good idea to bring your British passport.

The Ireland Citizens Information Board website has more information on the ID types you may be asked for.

Check with your airline about the ID requirements before you travel. Most airlines and transport providers will not carry passengers from Ireland without satisfactory photographic identification.

Passport validity

You must have a valid passport in order to enter Ireland. Check the terms and conditions of your airline or sea carrier. British and Irish citizens don’t need travel documents to cross the border into Ireland for journeys to the island.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry to, transit through, or exit from Ireland.

Travelling with your pets

Learn the Irish government entry requirements for your pet.

Our guide will help you to bring your pet along to Europe.

Your pet passport that was issued in an EU member state is valid for travel to Ireland.

Ireland’s Must-See Attractions

Newgrange in County Meath

The Newgrange passage grave is the most well-known prehistoric monument in Ireland. It dates back to the Neolithic (or New Stone Age) period, around 3,200 BCE. It is also older than the Egyptian pyramids. The roof box at the entrance is the most distinctive feature, and it aligns with the rising Sun on the winter solstice and fills the chamber with sunlight.

Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim

The Giant’s Causeway is a geological marvel made up of thousands of interconnected stone columns that were formed from cooling volcanic basalt. It is both a Unesco World Heritage Site and a national natural reserve. According to legend, the causeway was built by Fionn mac Cumhaill, a mythical Irish giant who wanted to cross the North Channel and reach Scotland.

Burren National Park in County Clare

Burren National Park is the smallest of six national parks in Ireland. It covers a small portion of the glaciokarst landscape that stretches across most of north County Clare. This stunning area, known as the Burren (from the Irish boireann meaning “great rock”), was formed around 350m ago. It has a remarkable geological significance and unique biodiversity. Galway’s Aran Islands are another worth-see destination and an extension of the Burren. This area is home the Poulnabrone tomb (tomb) as well as the Aillwee cave systems, which were accidentally discovered by a farmer in the 1940s.

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Dublin

To discover exceptional Irish artefacts, visit the National Museum of Ireland’s archaeological section. You should especially take note of the Celtic art displayed. This includes the Liathmore shrine piece, which has an inscription that could only have been written for Brian Boru, High King of Ireland before the 1014 Battle at Clontarf.

Blarney Castle & Gardens, County Cork

Blarney Castle, a partially ruined mediaeval fortress, is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations. It was built in the 10th Century. You will find plenty to see here, including a dangerous and toxic garden. The Blarney Stone, a limestone block that is said to give “the gift of gab” to anyone who touches it, is the most well-known attraction.

Returning to the UK

If you are travelling to England from the UK, you don’t need to go to Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

  • Complete a passenger locator questionnaire
  • Take any COVID-19 test
  • Quarantine upon arrival in England

This applies only if you are not outside the area. You must not arrive in England, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man within the 10 days preceding your arrival. You must comply with the international travel rules of the country where you are arriving if you have.

 

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