Ireland tightens border rules with COVID-19 testing requirement for all arrivals

Ireland will update its entry rules from Friday, December 3rd to require that any passenger arriving into the country presents proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status or point of departure.

From Friday, all arrivals will be required to take a test if they are not inoculated. Unvaccinated people have to take a test for a vaccine if they want to travel, but they can present proof of a negative test.
The test can be taken within 72 hours of departure, while the test must be taken within 48 hours. The Irish Independent reports that passengers must get the test professionally administered if they want to use at- home kits.

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Ireland's new rules apply to all arrivals.

Travelers who have recovered from the virus within the previous 180 days are exempt from testing rules, but they must show their certificate of recovery instead. The rule applies to the rest of Britain as well as people who travel across the border from Northern Ireland.

The new rules apply to passengers over the age of 12 and come amid concern that the Omicron variant could take hold in Ireland. A number of cases have been identified in neighboring European countries, triggering a new wave of travel restrictions worldwide.

Ireland is facing a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases due to a slow roll out of its booster program. There are a number of public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 but it is expected that some restrictions will be tightened in the lead up to Christmas. You will need a vaccine or recovery certificate to enter Ireland's hotels and events. Face masks are required in public transportation.

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