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From Thursday 6th January travel restrictions from England to Ireland have changed. There are restrictions in place for people travelling between the two countries that you should be aware of prior to travelling.


Travelling from UK to Ireland:

Passenger Locator forms

  • Anyone travelling from England to Ireland needs to complete a Passenger Locator form which will be checked at the port or airport before travel.

  • Each Adult travelling needs to complete a form (which can be done on online or paper form) with details of under 16’s included on the form.

  • If traveling to Northern Ireland you do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, unless you are travelling to the Republic.

  • Online Passenger locator form is available here

  • When you have completed the form you will receive an email receipt. You must show this email when you enter Ireland. If you have difficult using computers or do not have an email, please contact staff at Irish Community Care Manchester who will assist you in completing the form.

Please note that there are online firms charging people to complete passenger locator forms. There is no need to pay for these. If you are having any difficulty with completing a Passenger locator form and need any help please get in contact with Irish Community Care Manchester who can help with this.

Covid19 Testing

The rules on Covid Testing have recently changed, please familiarise yourself with these rules to ensure that you can enter Ireland.

Vaccinated passengers, or have proof of recovering from Covid - must bring proof of vaccination, or proof that you have recovered from Covid in the last 180 days.

Proof of Vaccination

  • Individuals who are vaccinated must also provide proof of vaccination with a Covid19 certificate

  • This must non-Digital COVID Certificate proof of vaccination means a record or evidence in written or electronic form in English or Irish or an official translation into Irish or English

  • The NHS Covid Pass is an acceptable form of evidence of vaccination. NHS free test results are not valid

Please note that children under the age of 11 years old are exempt from the above

If you do not fall under the above categories you must be able to show a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Ireland.

Please note that it is an offence, under these circumstances, to attempt to enter Ireland without a valid PCR test. If you arrive in Ireland without a valid PCR this is an offence and you could result in prosecution.


A list of private test providers can be found here: 

Finding and choosing a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test provider - GOV.UK (


Further details on new regulations can be found on: - New rules for travelling to Ireland (


Travelling from Ireland to UK:


  • There is currently no requirement to provide a negative antigen or PCR test if arriving in England from the Republic of Ireland.

  • You do not need to complete a passenger locator form if you are travelling from the Republic of Ireland to the UK

Further details can be found on:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England - GOV.UK (