COVID-19: EU digital certificate to be utilized, travel restrictions updated

16 Jul 21



The Irish government will begin using the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and will update its travel advisory on July 19.

Beginning on July 19:

  • EU or EEA travelers who use the DCC will not have to quarantine upon arrival from another EU or EEA country.
  • Travelers from non-EU or EEA countries will not have to quarantine if they have proof they have received an EU-approved vaccination. If no proof of vaccination is given, travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival and undergo a home quarantine.
  • Ireland will follow an approach similar to other EU countries for non-essential travel from third countries by using an “emergency brake” system for countries that have a virus variant outbreak. Travelers from a country where an “emergency brake” has been applied must show proof of a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arrival, quarantine regardless of vaccination status and undergo post-arrival testing. If an individual is not vaccinated they must undergo a hotel quarantine instead of a home quarantine.

BAL Analysis: The DCC will be used in Ireland to help facilitate free movement of EU and EEA citizens across the region. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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