End of quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from Great Britain


People traveling from Britain to Ireland will no longer need to self-isolate when they arrive here from Monday July 19 if they are fully vaccinated, the Irish Embassy in London has said.

The obligation for them to undergo a PCR test 72 hours before departure will also end.

However, unvaccinated travelers from Britain will still need to produce a negative PCR test upon arrival in that country and undergo a 14-day home quarantine.

This quarantine may end once they receive a negative PCR test on day 5.

Children of any age, traveling with accompanying vaccinated adults, will not be required to self-quarantine upon arrival.

However, when an accompanying adult must self-quarantine, all children must also self-quarantine.

Fully vaccinated travelers from Britain to Ireland will not need a pre-departure PCR test or home quarantine on arrival,” the Irish Embassy in Britain confirmed on Twitter.

“You will need proof of being fully vaccinated. NHS Covid Pass, vaccination status letter or paper vaccine card will all be accepted.”

At present, it is a legal requirement to self-quarantine on arrival in this country if your travel originates from Great Britain – even if you enter the state via Ireland from North.

Vaccinated people who receive a negative PCR test five days after arrival may stop isolating themselves.

But those who are not vaccinated must continue to isolate themselves and pass a second PCR test on the tenth day before they can come out of the quarantine period.

This will now change from Monday, when UK passengers who have proof of vaccination will be able to move freely upon arrival in Ireland.

The new EU Digital Covid Cert also comes into effect here on this date.

It’s also the day England relaxes most of its Covid-19 restrictions. More than 100,000 new infections have been reported across Britain in the past two days.

People traveling from Britain who are not fully vaccinated will still need to be tested and isolated.

The embassy said: “People who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative pre-departure PCR test carried out within 72 hours of their arrival in Ireland.

“A 14 day home quarantine will apply, but a negative PCR test taken from Day 5 after arrival may end your quarantine.”

Children under 12 will not need a PCR test before traveling to Ireland. More advice on home quarantine requirements for this age group “will be provided in the coming days.”

All passengers must continue to complete the online passenger tracking form after July 19. This includes people traveling from Great Britain to Ireland via Northern Ireland.

The Irish Embassy in Britain has warned travelers to “know that the Covid-19 pandemic means directions may change in the short term.”

The Irish Embassy in Washington DC also said that starting July 19, fully vaccinated passengers traveling from the United States to Ireland will not need a pre-departure PCR test or quarantine at home upon arrival.

“Proof of being fully vaccinated – for example via a government CDC card – is required in such cases,” he said in a Twitter post.

Changes to the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine List

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has announced that people arriving here who have stayed in or transited through Cuba in the past 14 days will be required to enter mandatory quarantine at hotels starting at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20.

The minister also removed 34 countries from the list of states designated for hotel quarantine as of today.

These include Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Burundi, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Zambia.

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