Traveling to Ireland is about to get a bit easier, as long as you can show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
Previously, travelers from non-EU/EEA countries and those coming from the “orange,” “red,” or “gray” regions of Europe had to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, but as of November 29, that quarantine length has been shortened to five days if you can show a negative test result.
According to the Irish government’s updated COVD-19 travel policy, “This [14-day] period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative result of a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements.”
The quarantine could last longer than five days, of course, depending on how long it takes to receive your test result. If you’re arriving in Ireland from overseas, you’ll also be required to fill out a passenger locator form online to help with contact tracing.
It’s important to note that availability of testing can’t be guaranteed upon arrival, so it’s advisable to make an appointment for a test in advance. The test result must be provided by the test provider to the HSE public health department for verification, and only PCR tests are considered admissible.