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How Citizens of Ireland Can Enter the United Kingdom During Coronavirus

iVisa | Updated on Sep 19, 2022

The United Kingdom changed its policy on how its borders will be opened to citizens of certain countries. They were changed in 2020 and these changes are still being enforced today. One of the changes that they decided to make was about the rules regarding self-isolation protocols. We will talk about how citizens of Ireland can enter the United Kingdom during the coronavirus outbreak.

Note: Since March 18th, 2022, the United Kingdom Passenger Locator Form is no longer necessary to enter the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can citizens of Ireland travel successfully to the United Kingdom?

Protocols on self-isolation are some of the most strictly enforced rules by the British government. However, Irish citizens have to know that not all of them need to do it. The most important thing that you need to do, if you’re an Irish citizen, is to make sure that the rule on self-isolation actually applies to you. This is essential since you stand to waste 10 days of your time and money if you made preparations for self-isolation and you don’t need to do it.

Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area or CTA. Plus, it is also included in the list of countries that do not need to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK. However, the exemption applies to the country where you were last staying, not your citizenship. So if you’re Irish, but you have been to a non-exempt country within the last 14 days, you will still have to self-isolate in the UK. The same rule is applied when you transited through a non-exempt country in the last 14 days.

But whether you need to self-isolate or not, you will still probably also need to provide a Health Declaration Form to UK authorities to can enter the country.

Will citizens of Ireland need a UK Passenger Locator Form?

Considering that Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area, along with the nations of the United Kingdom, it might stand to reason that Irish citizens will not be required to fill out a UK Passenger Locator Form. But as with the self-isolation, the rule will apply to the country where the traveler last stayed, not his citizenship. It simply means that inbound travelers coming from outside the CTA will need to fill out the UK Passenger Locator Form, and that includes citizens of Ireland.

The British government will need every traveler to fill out the form online prior to their arrival in the UK. The form contains information like the address where you will stay in your self-isolation and your contact information while you are inside UK borders. They can be used to make sure that you are following self-isolation protocols properly, and to contact you if you or someone you traveled with develops symptoms of COVID-19.

Just be sure to fill out the form online within 48 hours of your arrival in the UK. DO NOT print out the form and fill it by hand as it will not be accepted.

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter United Kingdom?

COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Kingdom, however, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine or take a COVID test before travel (as of 11th February).

  • Approved vaccines are Covaxin, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac. AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda also qualify as approved vaccines.
  • Travelers must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
  • Please note: To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must be vaccinated under an approved vaccination program.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Kingdom travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?

  • COVID test requirements: There are no testing requirements.

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?

  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.

What will I need to do at the port of entry?

You first need to present proof that you filled out the UK Passenger Locator Form, if required to do so. You can show UK authorities the printed copy of the confirmation email, or the confirmation email on your phone if you are not comfortable with carrying paper with you. The port authorities may need to see a Health Declaration Form in addition to the confirmation email.

If you are going on self-isolation, prepare for it before traveling to the United Kingdom. Once you are allowed to enter the country, go immediately to the address where you will finish the self-isolation process. Do not use public transport if you can help it. If you are forced to, just make sure that you leave plenty of space between you and the other passengers.

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