From July 19, 2021, Ireland will be welcoming visitors from Canada who have valid proof of vaccination.
Tourism Ireland CEO, Niall Gibbons shared that the tourism industry right across the island of Ireland is looking forward to welcoming back overseas clients and 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 holiday experience," he said.
For those that are fully vaccinated no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
For those who do not have valid proof of vaccination, they will need to:
- present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into Ireland
- undergo post-arrival testing - this will be provided through the Health Service Executive in Ireland.
Ireland will be applying an ‘emergency brake’ mechanism that will be coordinated at EU level to react swiftly to the emergence of a variant of concern or variant of interest.
In the event that this ‘emergency brake’ mechanism is applied to Canadian visitors, the requirements will change and more detail can be found on the Irish Government website.
Before arriving into Ireland
Canadian visitors will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form will be checked prior to departure to Ireland by the relevant carrier and visitors may be asked to provide the vaccination certificate indicated on their form.
Upon arrival in Ireland
Spot checks will be carried out on proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate. Visitors may experience delays and should give themselves extra time on either side of departure and arrival.
Children ages 12 to 17
From July 19, children between the ages of 12 and 17, must have a negative RT-PCR test to travel into Ireland, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults. Children under 12 do not need to take a RT-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland. Please check the Irish Government website for the latest information.
It is important to note that only those fully vaccinated or with proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months will be able to avail of indoor hospitality during their stay in Ireland.
It is anticipated that this will apply from July 26. Those staying in hotels can enjoy the indoor hospitality options within the hotel.
Canada is currently on the amber list of countries
Northern Ireland is operating a system of green, red, and amber countries. The measures in place will depend on the countries the visitor is travelling from or passing through.
If Canadian visitors are travelling to Northern Ireland, either directly or via another country including Ireland, they must:
- provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
- book post-arrival testing
- complete a UK passenger locator form either on arrival, or in the 48 hours before arrival
- self-isolate for 10 days.
Further details may be found on the Northern Ireland Government website.
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