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UK golfers get green light to visit Ireland

11.49am 19th July 2021 - Travel

Golf trips and other holidays to Ireland are back on after it became the first country in Europe that fully jabbed British citizens can visit without the need for any Covid tests into or out of the country. There will also be no requirement to self-isolate if fully vaccinated. 

From today (July 19), British visitors arriving in Ireland will need to complete an online Passenger Locator Form which will be checked by their air or sea carrier before departure. On arrival in Ireland, British visitors will need to have proof of full vaccination, for example showing their NHS App Covid Pass, a vaccination status letter or their NHS vaccine paper card. 

Passengers without proof of vaccination will require evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and will have to quarantine for 14 days or a minimum of five days if they prove negative with a second PCR test provided by the Health Service Executive in Ireland on day five.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are pleased to confirm this change in arrangements to welcome British visitors to Ireland from 19 July. The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone and these changes will afford many people an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for a long time. Ireland’s tourism industry has adopted a safety charter to ensure the wellbeing of both our guests and hospitality workers. We wish all our British friends a safe and enjoyable visit to Ireland.”  

Children under 12 will not need to take a PCR test prior to travelling, however, those aged 12 to 17 who are not fully vaccinated will need to show a negative test result even when travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 

It is anticipated that indoor hospitality in Ireland will recommence on July 26, although it will only be available to those who are fully vaccinated or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past six months. Those staying in hotels will be able to make use of indoor hospitality options from July 19. 

For the latest updates, visit the Irish Government website.

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