Ireland requires mandatory testing for all passengers from 3 December 2021

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Authorities in Ireland have announced that as of December 3, all passengers will be required to test negative for Coronavirus upon arrival in the country.

Such a decision comes in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, especially the Omicron variant, which has begun to become a dominant strain in several European countries.

The Irish authorities have also announced that people who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to test negative for a PCR test of no more than 72 hours. Those who have been completely vaccinated against the virus can decide if they want to test negative for PCR or antigen (not older than 48 hours).

"From Friday, 3 December 2021, all passengers aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-12 must provide either a negative antigen test (performed 19 hours before arrival) or a negative PCR test (not older than 48 hours before arrival) ”, se shows in a statement issued by the Irish government.

The Government of Ireland has also clarified that all persons who have visited any of the following countries in the last two weeks should only travel to Ireland in case of emergency: Botswana; Eswatini; Lesotho; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Zimbabwe.

There are exceptions. Irish citizens or EU citizens with their family members, UK citizens, legal residents of Ireland, members of the diplomatic corps and transport workers are exempt from these entry requirements when traveling to Ireland.

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