Ireland has officially removed all the country’s Covid-19 entry restrictions from 6 March 2022, according to an announcement published by the Irish government.
The entry restrictions that will be removed include:
- Travelers will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination against or recovery from Covid-19.
- People entering Ireland will no longer need to take a Covid-19 test before or after arrival.
- All quarantine requirements after arrival in Ireland have been canceled.
- Foreign citizens will no longer be required to fill out a passenger locator form.
“From Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland,” the announcement reads.
In addition to all of the changes mentioned above, Ireland is also no longer requiring that foreign citizens get the EU Digital Covid Certificate. However, can still request it through Ireland.
Finally, the announcement notes that just because Ireland is relaxing their Covid-19 travel restrictions, the rest of the European Union is largely still very concerned about it. This means that other Member States will have different rules for entry and travelers should take care to know the rules of each Member State before trying to enter.
This difference in entry requirement also applies to Northern Ireland, which has different rules due to its status as part of the United Kingdom.
Ireland’s move to abolish entry restrictions is a long overdue step in a very positive direction for the country and hopefully the continent, with the idea being that once one Member State does it, others might follow.