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Ireland will require a negative COVID-19 PCR test from all arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa

Arrivals into Ireland from Great Britain and South Africa will be required to show a negative PCR test on entry from today (9th January,2021).

Ireland had placed a ban on flights arriving into the country from Great Britain in an effort to curb the spread of a new and more infectious COVID-19 variant.

This ban ended at midnight on 8th January,2021, but is now replaced by strict entry requirements for all arrivals from today (9th January,2021).

“From January 9, 2021, all passengers arriving at Irish airports and ports whose journey originates in Great Britain or South Africa will be requested to have evidence of a negative result from a pre-departure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test (Covid-19 not detected) taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.”

said a statement by the Irish government.

“From January 9, the Irish Government will require all persons departing Great Britain and South Africa for Ireland to provide a negative result of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. The mandatory requirement for a PCR test will be enforced at Border Control in Ireland. At boarding in Great Britain, Aer Lingus will require all customers to present evidence (e.g. email, text of document) of a negative PCR test result that can subsequently be verified by Border Control staff in Ireland. Customers that do not have such evidence will be advised that they may be prosecuted on arrival if they proceed to travel. Aer Lingus customers that do not wish to travel can change their flight for free up to two hours before travel, on every Aer Lingus fare type, including our Saver fare. Aer Lingus continues to liaise with the Department of Transport, other Government Departments and the relevant authorities as required.”

stated Irish carrier Aer Lingus to Business Traveller.

Aer Lingus has stated this on its website.

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