Ireland is now open to British visitors who are fully vaccinated with no need to quarantine or take Covid tests.

We have some good news for those who are looking to take a golf break to Ireland this summer. From last Monday, Ireland was the first country in Europe that fully vaccinated British citizens could visit without the need for any Covid tests, into or out of the country. The need to quarantine is also not necessary if fully vaccinated.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:

“We are pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from 19th July. The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time. Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers. We wish all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland.”   

Before you travel

Before arriving in Ireland, British visitors will need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form which will be checked by their air or sea carrier before departure. Passengers may also be asked for proof of vaccination.

On arrival in Ireland, British visitors will need to have proof of full vaccination, for example showing their NHS App Covid Pass, a vaccination status letter or their NHS vaccine paper card.  

Passengers without proof of vaccination will require evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and will have to quarantine for 14 days or a minimum of five days if they prove negative with a second PCR test provided by the Health Service Executive in Ireland on day five.

Travelling with children

From July 19, children under the age of 12 will not need to take a PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland. However, children aged 12 to 17 who are not fully vaccinated will need to show a negative RT-PCR test result on arrival in Ireland, even when travelling with fully vaccinated adults.  

Indoor hospitality is now open

Also, indoor hospitality was recommenced on July 26. Indoor hospitality will only be available to those who are fully vaccinated or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 6 months.

There's no doubt that the tourism industry across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back holidaymakers from Great Britain. The health and safety of all visitors continues to be their priority, and they will ensure they are protected alongside a very warm Irish welcome.

For the latest updates and information please check the Irish Government website.