Ireland Soon Reopening To US Travelers: Here’s What To Expect

Ireland Soon Reopening To US Travelers: Here’s What To Expect

LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com

Troy Warren for CNT

 

Tourism Ireland has confirmed that the Emerald Isle will begin welcoming visitors from the U.S. on July 19, with no travel-related testing or quarantine required for those who are fully vaccinated.

Adult travelers who don’t have proof of vaccination are subject to a different set of protocols. Inbound visitors who aren’t fully immunized will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in the Republic of Ireland, self-quarantine for 14 days following entry into the country and also undergo post-arrival testing, provided by Ireland’s national health service.

Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination in the U.S. and will also be exempt from the pre-travel PCR testing requirement. However, those between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival to enter Ireland, even if they’re traveling with fully vaccinated or recovered adults.

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said, “The tourism industry right across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors from the U.S. and we will ensure they enjoy their visit. The health and safety of all our visitors continues to be the priority, and we will ensure they are protected alongside a very warm Irish welcome and a great vacation experience.”

Prior to arrival, all travelers must complete a Passenger Locator Form, which their airline will check prior to their departure for Ireland. At that time, they may also be asked to produce the vaccination certificate, if they’ve indicated on their form that they are vaccinated.

Once passengers have landed in Ireland, airport officials will perform spot-check verifications of visitors’ proof of vaccination or negative PCR test results, as applicable. These additional safety checks may cause delays or potentially disrupt travelers’ plans, so travelers should allow themselves some extra time on either side of their departure or arrival.

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