EU Digital COVID Certificate

Quick Guide

EU Digital COVID Certificate Quick Guide

On the website Re-Open EU (europa.eu), you can get the most up to date travel information – this is an official EU website and you can check requirements for travel from Ireland to other EU states and for travel from EU States back to Ireland. You can also get information on travel from non-EU countries (rest of the world) to Ireland on this website.

Find the full details about the EU Digital COVID Cert on GOV.ie.

Where can I get my EU DCC (EU Digital COVID Cert)?

People who have been fully vaccinated started to receive their EU Digital COVID Cert (DCC) by email or post from mid-July.

Gov.ie has launched a new self service portal for the EU DCC. The link is https://covidcertificateportal.gov.ie

You can use the portal to

  • Change details on your EU DCC
  • Get a copy of your EU DCC resent to you
  • Check the status of your EU DCC if you have not received it
  • Request a certificate of recovery

You can request the Recovery Certificate if you have had a positive RT-PCR test more than 11 days ago and less than 6 months (180 days) ago. This certificate proves that you've had COVID-19 in the last 6 months (180 days) and is considered another form of the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

There are also 2 freephone helpline numbers for the EU Digital COVID Certificate - 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008.

If I have not received my EU DCC but I am fully vaccinated can I use my HSE vaccination card?

Go online and visit the new self service portal for the EU DCC. The link is https://covidcertificateportal.gov.ie

We have been told that during the introductory period of the EU DCC’s that some discretion is being shown provided you travel with your HSE vaccination card. This information is not confirmed on any Government website. Our strong advice is to obtain your EU DCC via the self service portal or by phoning the EU DCC helpline numbers provided above.

If you are travelling to Malta, you must have your official EU Digital COVID Cert. HSE vaccination cards will not be accepted. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to travel to Malta. Malta is not accepting recovery certificates or negative COVID PCR or antigen test results under the EU DCC process. Children under 12 years travelling to Malta with a negative PCR test will be accepted provided they are travelling with fully vaccinated parents who have an official EU Digital COVID Cert.

Do I need to get tested if I have an EU DCC (EU Digital COVID Cert) and have been fully vaccinated?

If travelling from Ireland to another EU country, you will need to check the individual country of arrival and their requirements for entry. 

Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) and Department of Foreign Affairs website for full details.

What other documents are needed if I have an EU Digital COVID Cert and I am travelling within the EU from 19 July?

Each EU country requires you to complete a document online, for each passenger before you depart Ireland for that destination. This is similar to the Irish Passenger Locator Form. Also, if the country you are visiting requires a negative COVID19 test result this documentation will also be required.  You will not be allowed to check-in for your flight from Ireland to the EU destination if the form is not completed and if required, proof of a negative test result.

Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) and Department of Foreign Affairs website for full details.

Before your return to Ireland you must:

  1. Complete the Irish Government Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online for each passenger.  This is a link to the Irish Government’s passenger locator form.
  2. From 00:01hrs on Sunday 05 December 2021 new requirements were introduced by the Irish Government for all passengers entering Ireland.
  • Negative Antigen test result administered within 48 hrs of arrival back into Ireland.

OR

  • Negative COVID test result administered within 72 hrs of arrival back into Ireland.

If the person is not fully vaccinated, the requirement is for a PCR negative test result only, Antigen is not an option.

You will not be allowed to check-in for your flight to Ireland if the above document and proof of a negative test result is not completed.

Each country sets the timeline within which these documents should be completed, generally it is within 72 hours of travel but this varies by country and is subject to change. Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) for exact details.

What if I am not vaccinated and want to travel within the EU from 19 July?

On the website Re-Open EU (europa.eu) you can get the most up to date travel information – this is an official EU website and you can check requirements for travel from Ireland to other EU states and for travel from EU states back to Ireland. You cannot get information on this website for non-EU countries.

What are the rules about children and the EU DCC (Digital Covid Cert)?

Children aged 11 and under do not need to take a RT-PCR test prior to returning to Ireland.

Children aged 12 and over can register for a vaccine on HSE.ie. Children aged 12 and over who do NOT have an EU Digital COVID Cert they must have a negative RT-PCR test in order to return to Ireland.

When travelling to another EU State from Ireland please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) for full details of what that State requires in terms of the type test results and the applicable exemption age for children who do not hold an EU Digital COVID Cert. Most EU States exempt children under 12 years from tests.

What about travel to and from the UK?

The rules for travel to and from the UK are on the DFA website - click here.

Arrival into UK:

From 05 December 2021, all passengers travelling from Ireland to the UK - No requirements for negative Antigen or PCR test results.

Arrival into Ireland:

Travelling from the UK to Ireland, every passenger 12 years and over must have a negative Antigen or PCR test result to travel. If the person is not fully vaccinated, the requirement is for a PCR negative test result only, Antigen is not an option.

What about travel to and from Portugal?

The rules for travel to and from Portugal are on the DFA website - click here.

Arrival into Portugal:

From 01 December 2021, travelling from Ireland to Portugal, every passenger 12 years and over must have a negative Antigen or PCR test result.

Arrival into Ireland:

From 05 December 2021 all passengers 12 years and over must have a negative Antigen or PCR test result.

What about travel to and from the USA?

The rules for travel to and from the USA are on the DFA website - click here.

Arrival into USA:

From Monday 06 December all passengers entering the United States regardless of their vaccination status must have an original printed or electronic negative COVID-19 viral test result (PCR or Antigen but the test must be professionally administered in a clinic and must be certified – soft copy or paper proof required).

The test must be taken 1 day before the first scheduled departure time in the flight itinerary. Test results must include the traveller's full name and at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number. The test must also clearly state that the results are "negative," SARS-CoV-2 RNA not detected," SARS-CoV-2 antigen not detected," or "COVID-19 not detected."

A test marked "invalid" is not acceptable. This requirement applies to all travellers, including US citizens, residents, and transit travellers.

USA travel reopened on 08 November 2021, below is an update on what is needed for Foreign Nationals to enter the U.S.

The CDC have clarified that before boarding a flight Foreign Nationals over the age of 18 will need to show an official record of vaccination against Covid-19 and proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result from a test taken within three days of departure to the U.S.


A passenger will be required to show an official vaccination record to board the plane such as the EU Digital Covid Certificate with QR code. To be considered fully vaccinated, a passenger must:

Airlines at the point of departure will be required to:

  • Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination;
  • Determine that the record was issued by an official source in the country where the vaccine was given;
  • Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets the CDC’s (US Centre for Disease Control) definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, vaccination site; and
  • Check for a negative Covid-19 test result before allowing a passenger to board the plane.
  • Complete the passenger disclosure and attestation form which shows compliance with the above travel requirements prior to embarkation of the aircraft.

The Administration intends to work closely with airlines to assist in the successful implementation of these new requirements.

Requirements for Children:

  • Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for Foreign National travellers.
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to produce a negative viral test result before departure. Both nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as a PCR test, and antigen tests are accepted.
  • If traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, an unvaccinated child can test three days prior to departure.

The CDC is also issuing a Contract Tracing order requiring all airlines to track contact information that will allow public health officials to follow up with inbound air travellers who have potentially been infected or exposed to an infected individual.

For more details, click here for CDC guidelines.

Arrival into Ireland:

From 05 December 2021 all passengers age 12 or over arriving into Ireland must show proof of a negative COVID19 test result.

What about travel to and from Turkey?

You can find the rules for travel to and from Turkey on the DFA.ie website.

Arrival into Turkey:

Passengers travelling from Ireland to Turkey who can provide evidence from the relevant authorities that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving in Turkey and/or have had COVID-19 within the last 6 months (the six month period starts from the 28th day after the first positive PCR test result) will not be asked to present a negative PCR test report before entry and will not be required to quarantine.

Passengers travelling from Ireland to Turkey who do not provide such evidence will be required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test report taken within 48 hours.

All passengers are required to complete and present the online ‘Turkey Entrance Form’ prior to travel: https://register.health.gov.tr

Children under 6 years are exempt from these requirements.

Arrival into Ireland:

From 05 December 2021 all passengers age 12 or over arriving into Ireland must show proof of a negative COVID19 test result.

Travel Advice for countries not listed?

For general travel advice for countries not listed above - click here or here.

How long after the 2nd vaccine are you considered fully vaccinated?

The most up to date information on vaccines is on HSE.ie.

  • 7 days after your 2nd Pfizer-BioNTech dose
  • 14 days after your 2nd Moderna dose
  • 14 days after the Janssen vaccine as this is a single dose vaccine
  • 15 days after your 2nd AstraZeneca dose

The above information refers to vaccines administered in the Republic of Ireland, other EU states may vary from this.

Residents of the Republic of Ireland

Travel guidance is applicable from the Department of Foreign Affairs (dfa.ie)

Residents of Northern Ireland

Travel guidance is applicable from foreign travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Vaccinated in Northern Ireland

If you have not been vaccinated in the Republic of Ireland, you will not get an EU Digital COVID Cert. There are discussions on changing this situation, but, as of now, if you have been vaccinated in NI or the UK you will not get an EU Digital COVID Cert.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has introduced an automated method for NI citizens who have received both their COVID-19 vaccinations in Northern Ireland to apply for a COVID vaccination certification.

The COVIDCertNI app is now available for those who received their vaccination in Northern Ireland to download from the app stores. Find out how the app works here: COVIDCert NI mobile app

If you have questions about the App check these Frequently Asked Questions or contact covidcertni@hscni.net

If a PCR test is required, how can I get a PCR test?

PCR testing for those who want to travel abroad won’t be available through the public health system. Luckily, there are private PCR testing facilities at Irish airports including Dublin, Cork and Shannon. This means you’ll be able to have a test before you depart Ireland.

Alternatively, you can get a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test at a number of private testing facilities such as Randox, Tropical Medical Bureau, RocDoc Health Centre or V1 Medical. As these are private facilities, you will have to pay for the test. Prices for a PCR test vary from €89 (next day) to €99 (same day). Turnaround on tests is between one to three days.

Before departure, you can check the Aer Lingus website, Ryanair website, DFA website or Re-Open EU website for the most up to date information about your destination country and their entry requirements.

PLEASE NOTE

* The information on this page is subject to change based on public health guidance so always check the most up to date information before you travel.

* The information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, for up to date guidance see your airlines website and DFA.ie.

* Content last updated 05 December 2021

Map updated 2 December 2021 (next update 9 Dec 2021)

 

Map updated 2 December 2021 (next update 9 Dec 2021)