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Designated States, Quarantine & Testing Explained

This page provides you with information on what you need to know about testing after travelling abroad and returing home to Ireland.

Find out the regulations for the country you are returning and always refer to government advice here. Reach out to our expert customer support here if you need help.


What you have to do before you arrive into Ireland from abroad

All passengers arriving in Ireland must:


  • complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
  • provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement

If you are travelling from or via a designated State then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.


Passenger Locator Form

If you are coming to Ireland from overseas, including if you are travelling onwards to Northern Ireland, you must complete COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Failure to complete this form is an offence.

If you arrive via Northern Ireland and have been overseas in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Ireland, then you must complete an electronic COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online.

The e-receipt must be saved for 14 days after arrival and produced upon request to a Member of An Garda Síochána.

An exemption from completing the form is in place for providers of essential supply chain services (such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff) and diplomats.

Once you have arrived in Ireland you must comply with the health restrictions in place in Ireland.

Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland must ensure that they are familiar with the guidance and regulations in place, including the completion of a UK Passenger Locator form.


Requirement for a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas or are transiting through an Irish port or airport you must have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland. Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirements. Some passengers may be exempt from taking a pre-departure test, click here to view the list.


Post-arrival quarantine requirements and testing for all passengers arriving in Ireland

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. Arrivals from designated high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Persons exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine may still be required to quarantine at home. For all others arriving in Ireland from non-designated countries:


  • a 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime
  • you may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period to take a COVID-19 test, or for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State
  • passengers are requested to arrange a COVID-19 PCR test to be taken at least 5 days after arrival in Ireland.
  • the test should be booked in advance of arrival in Ireland and must be booked for a date at least 5 days after arrival.
  • for arrivals from non-designated States, you can end your period of quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival
  • you must retain the written or SMS confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days
  • if you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.

Where Can I Get Tested

We currently have test locations in Letterkenny, Bridgend and at Belfast International Airport (at McCauslands).

We also offer a mobile service and our medical professionals can come to your home or meet you at an agreed location.

€30 call out fee applies.

Why JACE Medical

  Testing by medical professionals

  Cheapest tests in Ireland

  PCR Results in 12 – 24 Hours

  Number provided for Passenger Locator Form

  UKAS register provider

What Our Clients Say

“Reliable, flexible and delivering rapid results, JACE Medical is an invaluable asset to our company providing tests and certification for our staff who travel worldwide on business.”

Philip O’Doherty – Managing Director of E + I Engineering Group

“Would highly recommended this service if needing a covid test, so quick, from first phone call to arrange a test to getting results was less than 12 hours, stress-free, thanks all”

Clare Gamble Cairns

“Quick, friendly and professional would highly recommend”

Hijjah McMahon

“Fast, efficient and professional service”

Glenn Thompson

“Very fast and efficient service. Also very fast turn around on the bloods. Fantastic, 100% recommend and will be using in future”

Catherine McFadden

“Fast, flexible, mobile testing, backed up by  first class customer service (nothing was too much trouble) made the  whole process an  easy and straightforward one.”

Declan Gormley – Managing Director of Brookvent