COVID-19

COVID-19 - Travel Update

Travelling to Ireland

If you are travelling to Ireland from overseas you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.

With effect from Thursday 6 January 2022, passengers to Ireland with:

  • an accepted proof of vaccination, or
  • proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior 6 months

do not have to show an additional pre-departure COVID-19 test result.

Passengers without proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior 6 months, must show evidence of a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arriving in Ireland.

From 6 January, only RT-PCR test results are accepted for passengers to Ireland.

In situations where a person is unable to present evidence of a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test prior to travel due to continuing to test persistently positive after infection - a positive RT-PCR result from a test taken 11 or more days prior to the date on which the person arrives in the State and no more than 180 days prior to the date on which the person arrives, will be accepted.

 

Travel to France

The conditions and requirements for entering France depend on your country of departure and your vaccination/recovery status. As of 7 January 2022, Ireland is on France’s green list.

France accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

If you are travelling from Ireland and are fully-vaccinated (see here for further details on what constitutes full vaccination; French only), or you have a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result taken less than 24 hours prior to departure, or you have proof of recovery from COVID-19, you are permitted to enter France without being subject to further restrictions or quarantine.

These requirements can be evidenced by your EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Detailed French entry requirements for those travelling from Ireland

The requirements for travel to France from Ireland depend on your vaccination/recovery status.

If you are vaccinated, you must present:

  1. Proof of complete vaccination (full details of who is considered completely vaccinated are available here  and
  2. A completed and signed sworn declaration that:

(i) you have no symptoms of COVID-19;

(ii) to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey; and

(iii) you accept that a COVID-19 test may be administered to you on arrival.

This sworn declaration is available in English and French from the Ministry of the Interior, here.

For the purposes of international travel to France, the French government defines complete vaccination as:

  • 7 days after the second injection of an EMA-approved two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield)
  • 4 weeks after the injection of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
  • 7 days after the injection of a single dose of any of these vaccines for persons who have previously had COVID-19.

Please note that this definition is unaffected by the policy change in relation to the French health pass (pass sanitaire) that entered into force on 15 December. Further details on this are available in the relevant section below.

If you are recovered, you must present:

  1. A certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival (a certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test); and
  2. A completed and signed sworn declaration that:

(i) you have no symptoms of COVID-19;

(i) to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey; and

(ii) you accept that a COVID-19 test may be administered to you on arrival.

If you are unvaccinated, you must present:

  1. A negative antigen or RT-PCR test taken no more than 24 hours prior to your departure; and
  2. A completed and signed sworn declaration that:

(i) you have no symptoms of COVID-19;

(ii) to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey; and

(iii) you accept that a COVID-19 test may be administered to you on arrival.

If you are unvaccinated and relying on an antigen test, please note that only tests that can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 N protein will be valid. You should confirm this with your test provider.

If you do not demonstrate that you meet the above requirements, you may be denied boarding.

If you can provide the relevant documentation, no self-isolation period is required upon arrival in France.

ce to travel to Ireland from overseas without a pre-departure test result unless exempt. A passenger who travels without a test result or an exemption is required to take a RT-PCR test within 72 hours following arrival.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or RT-PCR testing as appropriate.

 

 

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