Requirements When travelling to Ireland

Last updated 30 November 2021



Travelling to Northern Ireland


Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland on our Cairnryan to Belfast or Liverpool to Belfast routes do not have to undertake any testing, do not need to fill in any locator form and do not need to quarantine as long as they have not been outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Isles, Isle of Man) in the 10 days prior to travel. 


It is recommended, but not required, that passengers take a Lateral Flow test prior to travel and only travel if the test is negative. It is also recommended that passengers take a Lateral Flow test on days 2 and 8 after arrival (if applicable) and follow standard self-isolation advice if either test is positive.




Travelling to the Republic of Ireland


Please consult for information on travel restrictions and requirements for travelling to Ireland.


From 12am Friday 3 December, all vaccinated passengers arriving to Ireland must be in possession of a certified antigen test (i.e. not self-administered) taken 48 hours prior to their arrival or a certified RT-PCR test (i.e. not self-administered) taken 72 hours prior to arrival. 

All unvaccinated passengers and children aged 12 to 16 arriving to Ireland must be in possession of a certified RT-PCR test (i.e. not self-administered) taken 72 hours prior to arrival.

Children under 12 are exempt from any testing requirements.

Passengers will be required to present their e-PLF and test certificates when boarding and may be denied boarding if they do not have the appropriate certificates in place. Passengers should also have their vaccination/recovery certificates with them for presentation.

The above requirements are for 14 days from Friday 3 December, with the procedures reviewed every 14 days.



Prior to travelling to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online. You should complete this form before arrival at the port (but not more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland) and show your receipt at check in. This form is only available online. Paper copies are not accepted.



Please select from the relevant links below based on your country of residency to find out how to obtain your vaccination certificate: 


England - NHS COVID Pass

Scotland - NHS COVID Vaccination Status

Wales - NHS COVID Pass

Northern Ireland - NHS Proof of Vaccination


While paper vaccine cards are accepted as proof of vaccination, we strongly advise our guests to access their NHS Covid Pass to avoid any potential issues upon arrival.



Any passengers who develop symptoms of Covid-19 post-arrival are advised to present for testing with the Health Service Executive.

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