Ireland Reopens to North American Visitors on July 19

(July 19, 2021) Ireland is now officially open to visitors from the United States, Canada and other countries around the world. This announcement is good news for North Americans who have been waiting to revisit Ireland; many of them consider Ireland to be one of their favorite destinations. 

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons welcomed the news, saying, "The tourism industry right across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors from the U.S. and we will ensure they enjoy their visit."

The process for validating a traveler’s vaccination is as follows, according to Tourism Ireland: 

 “U.S. visitors traveling to Ireland are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form will be checked prior to departure to Ireland by the relevant air carrier and visitors may be asked to provide the vaccination certificate indicated on their form. On arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate. 

 “Children ages 12 to 17 must have a negative RT-PCR test to travel into Ireland, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults. Children under 12 do not need to take a RT-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.  Find updated information on the Irish Government Website.

 “Northern Ireland is operating a system of green, red and amber countries. The U.S. and Canada are both currently on the amber list of countries which means that if visitors are travelling to Northern Ireland, either directly or via another country including Ireland, they must: provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure. Book post-arrival testing. Complete a UK passenger locator form either on arrival, or in the 48 hours before arrival. Self-isolate for 10 days. Find further details on the Northern Ireland Government website.” 

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