The Irish government has updated entry requirements for travelers ages 12 years or older.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect Dec. 5, fully vaccinated or previously recovered travelers who are 12 years or older must provide:
    • A negative or not detected antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
    • A negative or not detected PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • As of Nov. 26, individuals who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe within 14 days of intended arrival are barred from entering the country except for:
    • Irish or EU citizens and their family members.
    • U.K. citizens.
    • Irish residents or those who have right of free movement in the EU.
    • Diplomats or those with diplomatic immunity.
    • Transport workers traveling for work purposes.

Additional Information: Individuals who are eligible to enter Ireland who are traveling from an aforementioned country must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, quarantine for 14 days and take a PCR test on day two and eight of arrival. If test results are negative the quarantine will be reduced to 10 days. More information regarding entry and health requirements can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The list of countries affected by the Omicron variant could increase in the coming days and weeks. Health measures may change with little or no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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