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Ireland Travel Restrictions

77,41% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 77,24% last week
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter Ireland.

Ireland entry details and exceptions

Travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are restricted from entering Ireland.

The restriction does not apply to the following:

    •diplomats and those with diplomatic immunity;
    •transport workers (travelling in the course of performing their duties);
    •Irish and EU citizens and their family members;
    •UK citizens and;
    •those with a right of residence in Ireland (or right to free movement within the EU)

More details on Ireland entry can be found here.


Outgoing travel to IrelandTravelling from South Africa to Ireland

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Ireland.

Details and exceptions
Travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are required to present a pre-departure test and to book a day 2 and day 8 RT-PCR test.
Travelers from countries other than the aforementioned countries may be denied boarding if they cannot present any evidence of immunity or a negative RT-PCR test result. If they will be permitted to enter the country without presenting a certificate of vaccination, a proof of recovery or a valid RT-PCR test result, they will be required to take an RT-PCR test within 36 hours of arrival.
Travelers under the age of 12 are exempted from the test requirement.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Ireland.

Details and exceptions
Permitted travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe are required to quarantine for 14 days at the address indicated on their Passenger Locator Form.
Documents
Passenger Locator Card

The form must be filled in within 72 hours before arrival in Ireland from overseas.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Ireland

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Ireland must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions
traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Ireland are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Details and exceptions
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Ireland

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

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