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.

Passengers arriving from ‘orange’ countries do not have to restrict their movements for 14 days if they carry proof of a negative PCR test result gained within the previous three days.

From November 29, travellers from ‘red’ regions, and countries outside the EU, will be able to stop restricting their movements if they get a negative PCR test result five (or more) 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 ?

It is not mandatory to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before travelling to Ireland however you will have to complete an online Passenger Locator Form (Opens in new windowsee here).

If you are arriving from an “orange” coded country , you should bring with you proof of a negative PCR test which has been taken within three days before your flight.  If you have this evidence then you can freely move within Ireland (without needing to undertake any period of restricted movement).  If you are arriving from a country outside the EU area, you will be asked to restrict movement for 14 days, but you can take a PCR test on day five and then move freely once you have received a negative test result.