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 and if you have an EU DCC stating that you are fully vaccinated, you do not need further tests and no quarantine rules apply.
Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) for full details.
Do I need to get tested if I have an EU DCC (EU Digital Covid Cert) and have recovered from COVID-19?
If travelling from Ireland to another EU country and if you have an EU DCC stating that you have recovered from COVID-19 more than 11 days ago and less than 6 months (180 days) ago, you do not need further tests and no quarantine rules apply.
Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) 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. You will not be allowed to check-in for your flight from Ireland to the EU destination if this form is not completed. Please refer to Re-Open EU (europa.eu) for exact details.
Before your return to Ireland you must complete the Irish Government Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online for each passenger. You will not be allowed to check-in for your flight to Ireland if this form is not completed. This is a link to the Irish Government’s passenger locator form.
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 (for France it is under 11 years).
What about travel to and from the UK?
The rules for travel to and from the UK are on the DFA website - click here.
From 19 July, fully vaccinated people arriving into Ireland from the UK do not need a get COVID test before travelling to Ireland. The requirement to restrict movement on arrival in Ireland has also been removed for fully vaccinated people. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required. There are no restrictions on travel to the UK from Ireland.
What about travel to and from the USA?
The rules for travel to and from the USA are on the DFA website - click here.
From 19 July, fully vaccinated people arriving into Ireland from the USA do not need a get COVID test before travelling to Ireland. The requirement to restrict movement on arrival in Ireland has also been removed for fully vaccinated people. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required.
On 20 September 2021, the White House announced that travel to the US will resume for fully vaccinated passengers in early November. Details of this resumption have yet to be confirmed. Those planning to travel are advised to monitor the websites of the US Embassy in Dublin and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for further updates.
What about travel to and from Turkey?
You can find the rules for travel to and from Turkey on the DFA.ie website.
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.
Travel Advice for countries not listed?
Clarification on travel restrictions lifted by the Irish Government from 19 July, 2021
Travel restrictions on non-essential International Travel were lifted on 19 July. This was a general lifting of the restriction and is not limited to International Travel solely within the EU. When travelling outside the EU, determination on travel to a particular country is determined by the country you are travelling to. Rules are also applied by the Irish Government on travel back into Ireland from non-EU countries or destinations.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate, which was recognised in Ireland for travel from 19 July, 2021, applies to travel within the EU.
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
Mandatory Hotel Quarantine & Designated States
Travel to Ireland from specific designated States is subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. This must be pre-booked in advance of travel. Details on mandatory hotel quarantine can be found on the link below.
The updated list of designated countries for mandatory hotel quarantine can be found on the link below
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.
* 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 21st October 2021
Map updated 21 October 2021 (next update 28 Oct 2021)