Travellers wanting to visit the Republic of Ireland now have a new set of restrictions to follow in order to enter the country.
According to Travelnews, Ireland has announced that vaccine certificates from the primary vaccination series will not be accepted for travel if more than 270 days have passed since a travellers’ final dose was administered in said primary vaccine series.
14 day rule
The standard acceptance period of 14 days after a final dose in the primary vaccine series will be required for all vaccines accepted for travel to Ireland.
As of 1 February 2022, travellers will be considered vaccinated if they have been vaccinated with any of the vaccines listed below after the recommended number of days after the final dose in the primary vaccine series:
- 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty). 14 days.
- 2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna). 14 days.
- 2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria or Covishield). 14 days.
- 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen). 14 days.
- 2 doses of Coronavac (Sinovac). 14 days.
- 2 doses of Sinopharm BIBP. 14 days.
- 2 doses of Covaxin. 14 days.
- 2 doses of Novavax (Nuvaxovid). 14 days.
- A heterologous (mixed) dose of any of the above vaccines. 14 days.
- A single dose of any of the above vaccines administered within 180 days of a positive RT-PCR test result. The traveller must hold proof of the positive test and the vaccine dose. 14 days.
Further requirements to enter Ireland
Further entry requirements stipulate that people travelling to Ireland with an accepted proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior six months do not have to show an additional pre-departure COVID-19 test result.
Travellers without proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior six months, must show evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in the country. Ireland will also only accept PCR test results.
It’s also important to note that a person who travels without a test result or an exemption is required to take a PCR test within 36 hours following arrival in the country.