Republic of Ireland reopens to vaccinated South Africans

The Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) has eased travel restrictions for visitors from South Africa.

According to Tourism Ireland’s James Kenney, “The Irish Government has decided to remove the additional pre-testing requirement for travel to Ireland introduced on foot of the emergence of the Omicron variant.

This means that from midnight last night, vaccinated people with a valid Digital Covid Certificate or another valid proof of recent infection or vaccination will not need a test. Unvaccinated people will need a “not detected” PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their arrival into Ireland.

To recap, these new regulations are effective immediately:

  • Vaccinated or recovered travellers into Ireland will be required to present evidence of a valid DCC or other acceptable proof of vaccination/previous infection prior to travel.
  • Travellers who are not vaccinated or recovered will be required to present evidence of a not-detected RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before their arrival into Ireland.

You will find up-to-date information on current Republic of Ireland Covid-19 travel restrictions and regulations on the Irish government’s website under government advice on international travel.


Important note regarding Northern Ireland: Please bear in mind that this information pertains to the Republic of Ireland (aka Southern Ireland) ONLY. Northern Ireland has different governance and, therefore, different rules apply vis a vis travel during Covid.


The above information is for informative purposes only. The situation is constantly evolving. All information is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Irish government. If you are travelling, it is crucial that you check on the situation and have all necessary paperwork in order, as British T.I.P.S. cannot be held responsible for failure to travel if passengers have not confirmed and adhered to all requirements. All other usual travel rules apply, including valid passport, visa requirements, etcetera, and that being vaccinated is not the only criteria required to enter the Republic of Ireland.

Please note that British TIPS does not issue visas for any country, and we are unable to assist you with visa applications. Find out about UK/Northern Ireland visas here GOV.UK  and Irish visas here: DFA

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