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Ireland (December 04, 2020) – Update on the restrictions for all individuals travelling into Ireland, in line with EU Traffic Light Approach. 

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What is the change?

Ireland has adopted the EU traffic lights system. Individuals travelling to Ireland from green regions, or from Northern Ireland, are not required to restrict movement on arrival. All passenger arriving into Ireland from orange, red and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days. This period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/’not detected’ result from a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland.

Key points:

  • Implementation time frame: This change is set to take effect from 29 November 2020. 
  • Who is affected: All individuals travelling into Ireland, including Irish citizens.
  • Next steps: All individuals travelling into Ireland will need to check the colour category assigned to the country that they are travelling from. If they are travelling from a green region, or from Northern Ireland, then they are not required to restrict their movements. If they are travelling from an orange, red or grey region, then they will be required to restrict their movements for 14 days, from their date of arrival in Ireland. This period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/’not detected’ result from a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements.

Exemptions:

This general request to restrict movement for 14 days does not apply to certain defined categories, as indicated below:

(a) International Transport Workers, including workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors

(b) Travellers with an essential function or need as set out in paragraph 19 of the EU Council Recommendation, including:

I. Passengers travelling for the purposes of an imperative business reason, only while carrying out that essential function

II. Passengers arriving for imperative family reasons, only while pursuing that imperative reason

III. Returning passengers, who have carried out an essential function in another region, but who have otherwise restricted their movement while in that region

(c) Passengers arriving from an “orange” region, who have received a negative/’not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken during the three days before departure to Ireland. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession. It is the responsibility of individuals to determine whether their circuistances fall within one of the categories outlined in the EU Council Recommendation.

Analysis and Comments:

The Irish government have made this decision as part of their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

All travellers arriving to Ireland must continue to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to arriving at port of entry in Ireland.
Employers should consider that this may cause delays to intended start dates of their potential employees, if the employment cannot be carried out from home.

If you have employees or potential new hires who may be impacted by the above changes, please contact the Deloitte immigration team to assist.

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