What is the EU „Traffic Light“ System for Travel ?

Ireland has signed up to the EU’s ‘traffic light’ system for travel, which rates regions as ‚red‘, ‚orange‘, ‚green‘ or ‚grey‘ based on weekly Covid updates prepared by the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).  A map showing the designation of each region is published each week.  You can access the latest map HERE.

All passengers arriving to ireland are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival.

Passengers arriving from green and orange countries under the EU traffic light system, do not need to restrict their movements upon arrival (with proof of a negative Covid-19 test), but must adhere to local public health guidance.

Travellers from ‘red’ regions, and countries outside the EU, must restrict their movements for 14 days after arrival (even if they carry proof of a negative PCR test result taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival). However they can stop restricting their movements once they get a second negative PCR test result taken five days after arrival.

All passengers arriving at Dublin Airport must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form in advance of arriving to Ireland. 

Where can I get a test after travel to Ireland ?

Dublin Airport is opening two Covid-19 testing facilities this Thursday 19th November 2020.

Operated by private healthcare companies they will give passengers and members of the public the option of drive-thru or walk-in tests. The testing facilities are fully open to the public, whether they require a test for travel or for any other reason.

Prices range from €99 for a walk-through PCR test with results in 24-48 hours, to €159 for a drive-thru „express“ test, which makes results available within five hours.

All customers will need to pre-book their test online in advance and this can be done directly with the healthcare company or through the Dublin Airport Website.

Do I need a pre departure Covid-19 test before my flight to Ireland ?

YES, all passengers are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival.

Passengers arriving from green and orange countries under the EU traffic light system, do not need to restrict their movements upon arrival (with proof of a negative Covid-19 test), but must adhere to local public health guidance.

If you are arriving from a country outside the EU area, you will be asked to restrict your movements for 14 days, but it is allowed to take another PCR test on day five and then move freely once you have received the negative test result.