Ireland welcomes double-jabbed UK tourists without any tests from Monday

Ireland is to become the first country in Europe to welcome fully-jabbed UK visitors without the need for any Covid tests into or out of the country.

From Monday, there will also be no requirement to self-isolate if fully-vaccinated.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from July 19.

“The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time.

“Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers. We wish all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland.”

Before arriving in Ireland, UK visitors will need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form which will be checked by their air or sea carrier before departure. Passengers may also be asked for proof of vaccination.

On arrival in Ireland, British visitors will need to have proof of full vaccination, for example showing their NHS App Covid Pass, a vaccination status letter or their NHS vaccine paper card.

Passengers without proof of vaccination will require evidence of a negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and will have to quarantine for 14 days or a minimum of five days if they prove negative with a second PCR test provided by the Health Service Executive in Ireland on day five.

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Children under the age of 12 will not need to take a PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland. However, children aged 12 to 17, who are not fully-vaccinated, will need to show a negative PCR test result on arrival in Ireland, even when travelling with fully vaccinated adults.

It is anticipated that indoor hospitality, including bars and restaurants, will resume on July 26, but will only be available to those who are fully vaccinated or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past six months. However, visitors staying in hotels will be able to take advantage of indoor hospitality options from Monday.

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