Do I need to provide a negative PCR test if I travel to Dublin or Rosslare by ferry?
Yes. All passengers arriving into Ireland, including those travelling from Great Britain, are required to have evidence (email, text or document) of a negative result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland. Lateral flow tests are not applicable. This evidence must also include the date of test, test centre and contact details for the test centre for verification purposes. This requirement is applicable for the foreseeable future. Once we are alerted to any change in this requirement, we will update this FAQ and our travel restrictions page.
Passengers are required to present evidence of a negative result at point of boarding and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Please note if you have taken a COVID-19 RT PCR test via the NHS this will not be accepted and you will be refused entry to Ireland on arrival.
If you come to Ireland without a negative or 'not detected' PCR test, you must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel at your own expense. More information can be found on the Republic of Ireland's Government website.
There are limited exemptions to this requirement which includes essential supply chain workers who hold an Annex 3 Certificate, aviation and maritime crew, drivers of heavy goods vehicles, and An Garda Síochána (Police service in the Republic of Ireland). Children aged 6 and under are also exempt from the testing requirement, although they are advised to restrict movements for 14 days. In addition if a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey. Passengers are also advised that they should follow the public health advice in place for international arrivals in addition to adhering to local restrictions in place.
Further information in relation to this requirement along with the associated public health advice can be found the Republic of Ireland's Government website.