Before you arrive

The Irish Government has announced the extension of the requirement for a pre-departure negative/not detected PCR tests to passenger arrivals from ALL countries from Saturday 16 January 2021. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

From midnight, all passengers arriving into Ireland must carry a negative (“not detected”) result from a PCR test for Covid-19 taken within the previous 72 hours.

Latest official communication available here.

The information received form the government advices that prospective students seeking to enter the State should wait until in-person tuition has been resumed and student should postpone their travel plans until it is safe to travel. Failure to do so may result in students being refused permission to land in Ireland and refused registration.

Travelling outside Ireland

The general advice is not to travel overseas for non-essential purposes. Ireland is part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA.

If you must travel, make sure you read the guidelines here.

Traveling to Ireland

The Irish government advices against all non-essential international travel.

All travellers coming into Ireland must:

  • complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
  • provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement

Before you travel to Ireland, make sure you are aware of what you have to do before. Read more here


COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

COVID Tracker is a free and easy-to-use mobile phone app that will:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • keep other app users safe by alerting them if you test positive for COVID-19
  • give you advice on what to do if you have symptoms

Download the free app from Apple's AppStore or the GooglePlay store.

Covid-19 App

Covid-19 App