COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated travelers are exempt from quarantine and testing requirements, unless they are traveling from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries subject to the European Union's 'emergency brake' mechanism. If traveling from 'emergency brake' locations, they must still carry a negative COVID-19 test and complete enforced residential quarantine, but can reduce quarantine by testing negative five days after arrival.
• Fully vaccinated travelers traveling from 'high risk' countries may quarantine at home instead of in a government facility (‘hotel quarantine’).
• Fully vaccinated travelers traveling from Great Britain (the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland) can cease enforced residential quarantine if testing negative 5 days after arrival, instead of the second test which occurs 10 days after arrival.
• Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if seeking entry 14 days after single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine; 14 days after second dose of Moderna vaccine; 15 days after second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine; or 7 days after second dose of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. Quarantine and COVID-19 Testing:
• Negative COVID-19 PCR test, from a test completed no more than 72 hours before entry, confirmed via a medical certificate. Certificates must be presented to immigration officers on entry and criminal penalties for non-compliance apply. A COVID-19 PCR test is the only acceptable test type.
- Children aged under 12 and fully vaccinated travelers are exempt.
• 14-day enforced quarantine in a government facility (‘hotel quarantine’) for travelers from 'high risk' countries (even if carrying a negative COVID-19 PCR test).
- Hotel quarantine also applies to passengers who have transited through or visited a 'high risk' country in the 14 days prior to arrival in Ireland.
- Travelers are required to book their place in a quarantine hotel prior to travel.
- These travelers complete a COVID-19 PCR test on day 10 of quarantine and can cease quarantine if testing negative. Those testing positive continue to quarantine until recovered.
- Vaccinated travelers are exempt.
• 14-day enforced residential quarantine for all travelers arriving from Great Britain (the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland), including travelers who transited through or visited Great Britain in the 14 days prior to arrival in Ireland, and travelers entering from Great Britain via Northern Ireland.
- These travelers must arrange a COVID-19 PCR test 5 days after arrival, and another one at least 10 days after arrival. Travelers can cease quarantine when testing negative on this second in-country test.
• 14-day enforced residential quarantine for travelers from all other countries if carrying a negative COVID-19 PCR test or fully vaccinated. These travelers quarantine at the address listed on their Public Health Passenger Locator Form.
- Travelers can reduce the quarantine duration by scheduling a COVID-19 test, at least 5 days after arrival, and can cease quarantine if testing negative.
- Travelers from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries that are not subject to the European Union's 'emergency brake' mechanism are exempt.
• Digital Health Platform requirements: Travelers must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form via this site before travel. For travelers under 16, details are included on an accompanying adult’s form. Criminal penalties for noncompliance apply.
- Ireland accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing.
- Travelers arriving from a European Economic Area (EEA) country, having spent the 14 days before arrival in an EEA country, and carrying a Digital COVID Certificate (confirming vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test) are quarantine exempt.
- Travelers carrying a Digital COVID Certificate confirming a non-PCR test must still carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test, completed no more than 72 hours before arrival.
• Other Requirements: Applicable rules are determined based on the most affected country of stay in the 14 days preceding entry. E.g., a traveler who stayed in an 'emergency brake' location in the 14 days preceding entry falls under rules applicable to 'emergency brake' countries.
• The Dublin Area Registration Office (Burgh Quay) is open. Appointments can be booked online.
• Registration Offices outside Dublin may vary in their operation during COVID-19 restrictions. Foreign nationals should contact their registration office in advance of attending appointments to confirm opening arrangements. Appointments are required.
• All long-stay visa applications can be filed, but only a limited group of categories are being processed. The following Priority/Emergency categories are being processed:
- Long-stay visas for Employment Permit holders;
- Long-stay 'Join Family' visas, including by family members of Employment Permit holders;
- Pre-clearance applications by de facto partners of Employment Permit holders, de facto partners of Irish nationals and non-EEA family members of UK nationals.
• Applications for short-stay visas are suspended.
• The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) continue to issue Employment Permits.
• Most types of immigration applications continue to be accepted and processed, although processing delays might occur.
• Travel Restrictions: Travel is permitted from non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries subject to the European Union's 'emergency brake' mechanism.
• The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme, allowing certain nationals holding a valid UK visa to travel to Ireland without additionally requiring an Irish visa, is temporarily suspended. This program was available to nationals of Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mainland China, Montenegro, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
• Property viewings are by appointment only and are very limited with social distancing in place.
• Video viewings are being offered when available.
• Lease signing is completed via DocuSign when available.
• Virtual assistance is being used for check-in inspections.
• Rental rates nationally have decreased; however, Dublin is seeing rates for one and two-bedroom apartments decrease dramatically; this is believed to be due to the landlords removing their properties from short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and placing them for rent long term.
• Teams are completing enhanced cleaning and sanitizing at checkout before new guests check-in.
• New reservations and cancellations are being handled on a case-by-case basis.
• Corporate housing remains a viable option for locations where assignees are unable to move into their long-term housing, as well as where hotels have, or will be, closed.
• Schools and childcare facilities will start to reopen from the 1 March and will be on a phased basis through to Easter.
• Childcare facilities for the children of essential workers are open.
• Social distancing and class bubbles will continue in all childcare and schools when they return.
• Further education facilities will continue with online learning where possible.
• Up to 6 people can meet indoors or outdoors, keeping a distance of 2 meters.
• Groups of up to 15 can meet outdoors for organized sporting, cultural or social activities.
• Shops and marts can open if it is safe to do so; Shops will provide dedicated hours for people who are over 70 or medically vulnerable; shopping centers are allowed to reopen from 15 June with additional safety provisions.
• Employers should follow the Return to Work Safely Protocol for returning workers.
• You should only use public transport if you have to and you should wear a face covering.
• Visits to nursing homes and other residential care facilities can take place from 15 June.
• Supervised playgrounds and other outdoor amenities will reopen.
• Outdoor summer camps for children will be allowed to operate.
• Public libraries can open.
• Transport for Ireland (TFI) is operating at 25% capacity for those traveling for specific purposes: buying food/medicines, for careers and essential workers, medical appointments; face coverings must be worn.
• Taxis are continuing to work with a reduced number of drivers; face coverings must be worn during the journey.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
• Yes, Normal Service
• Air: Limited services/departures prorates due to congestion and
transit time are subject to change based on route and pricing by
airlines; still expensive rates
• Sea: Normal services back/booking confirmation take min 48
hours, booking of slot for sailing requires confirmation and are
subject to change based on route planning by shipping lines;
some delays at port which occur some additional cost at origin
• Limited services due to current restrictions in
other countries; export/import possible in
Ireland; longer transit time
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative