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Covid-19 Travel Advice (November 2021)

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What are the changes?

There are multiple COVID travel updates for travellers coming to Ireland as well as the US.

Post arrival quarantine is no longer in place for all travellers entering
Ireland. However, restrictions remain in place and must be completed according to the region that an individual’s travel originated from.

The United States will also reopen travel to foreign nationals able to demonstrate proof of vaccination against Covid-19 on 8 November 2021.

Key points for current restrictions in place: 

Implementation time frame: Effective immediately for travel to Ireland. From 8 November 2021 for travellers to the US.

Next Steps

For those travelling from inside of the EU:

  • Ireland is now a part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel originating within the EU/EEA.
  • For travellers arriving into Ireland from an EU/EEA country, they will be asked to show valid proof of vaccination or valid proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days.
  • If the traveller does not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.
  • Post arrival quarantine is no longer required.

For those travelling from outside of the EU (including Great Britain):

  • For travellers arriving into Ireland from a country outside the EU/EEA, they will be asked to show valid proof of vaccination or valid proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days.
  • If they do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, they will need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.
  • Post arrival quarantine is no longer required.

For those travelling to the US:

  • When travelling to the US, passengers will be required to show an official vaccination record. To be considered fully vaccinate, the traveller must be vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized and World Health Organization emergency use listed vaccine; and have received the last dose of the vaccine at least 2 weeks before their date of travel.
  • There are a very limited set of exceptions from the vaccination requirement for non-US nationals.
  • The CDC is also issuing a Contract Tracing order requiring all airlines to
    track contact information that will allow public health officials to follow up with inbound air travellers who have potentially been infected or exposed to an infected individual.

Analysis & Comments

The Irish government has made this recommendation, which is line with other countries, based on the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

Deloitte welcomes the resumption of international travel to Ireland and the US
within COVID-19 guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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