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Irish Government Adopts EU Traffic Light System

The Irish Government has implemented the new ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the European Union/European Economic Area and to the UK. 

The Government’s current advice for travel to these countries is to “exercise a high degree of caution”. Its general advice for any other overseas travel remains to “avoid non-essential travel”.

Within the ‘traffic lights’ system, regions across the EU, EEA and the UK are categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A map showing the designation of each regions is published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates. 

You can access the latest map here.

Under the traffic light system, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers arriving into Ireland  from green regions. Each Member State decides on what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.

The Irish Government requests that all passengers entering the State from red, orange and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.

The request to restrict movements does for 14 days can be waived for passengers arriving from an orange region, if they have received a negative/not detected PCR test result during the three days before arriving in Ireland. In this case, passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession, according to Irish Government guidelines.

This general request to restrict movement for 14 days does not apply to certain defined categories of passengers. For further details on this , please see the Irish Government Advice on International Travel here.

Please note, there is currently a separate travel advisory for passengers arriving from Denmark. All such passengers, including those travelling for essential purposes are requested to self-isolate for 14 days. 

There are more details in relation to travel from Denmark here.

To comply with Irish law, all passengers arriving at Dublin Airport must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form in advance of arriving into the State. The COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form is available online and is available here.

The information provided on this Passenger Locator Form will be used by the Irish State to provide you with public health information and Covid-19 advice, and may be used for the purpose of contact tracing.

If you are travelling from Ireland to another country that is part of the EU/EEA/UK traffic light system please check on the latest information on regulations in your destination.