Mandatory Quantine during Covid-19

Mandatory Quantine during Covid-19 Immigration Information for South Africans moving to, immigrating to, working in and visiting the Republic of Ireland, Immigration Information for South Africans moving to Ireland

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Note: As we see and get a chance to update we will do so, but as this is an extremely fluid situation, we may NOT get to create these alerts immediately.

It is in your interest to subscribe or download Irish media apps to keep abreast of travel information.

ALWAYS check the official sites before embarking on buying tickets and travelling to ensure no changes have occured!!!!!

The official sites will be linked off the pages below!

UPDATE: the information below applies to flying from South Africa as this is the country we deal with. If you are flying from any other country, or through another country you need to CHECK the rules of that country and entry into Ireland: Gov.ie

 


UPDATED here: 28/8/21

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0827/1243290-covid-mandatory-quarantine/

The countries removed from the mandatory hotel quarantine list are: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.

 


South Africa has now been removed from the designated country list

HOWEVER, some of the countries that the airlines fly through are on the Designated Country list. It has the Emergency Brake applied to free (pre-Covid) travel to Ireland, some restrictions may apply if you fly through certain countries.

So continously check for Emirates, Qatar and Turkish airlines... you NEVER KNOW if they have changed now or not

If you are already in Ireland and want to travel to the EU on holiday... read here on the EU Digital Certificate

 


If your journey originates in a country which is not a designated State

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

If you have valid proof of vaccination (see below), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

*Check with your airline, as many still require PCR tests, we would say do PCR test anyway!

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days (see below), no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

*Check with your airline, as many still require PCR tests, we would say do PCR test anyway!

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • If you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine.

 

EDIT: Confirmed if you're flying with EMIRATES AND QATAR a PCR test will be required regardless of vaccine or positive recovered status!

 

What 'fully vaccinated' means

Full course of any one of the following vaccines (only these vaccines) after a specified number of days:

 

 

Only these vaccines, which are the equivalent of those recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and approved by the European Commission, are acceptable in order to qualify for this exemption.These are the vaccines given to the Irish population.
 
Certification of Vaccination for the purposes of this exemption means
  • a record or evidence in written or electronic form in the Irish language or the English language, or, where in a language other than the Irish or English language, an official translation into the Irish or English language, that contains the following information:
  • confirmation that the person to whom the certification applies is a vaccinated person;
  • the date or dates on which the person was vaccinated;
  • the body in the state concerned implementing the vaccination programme (howsoever described) on behalf of that state that administered or caused to be administered the vaccination to the person concerned;

 


 

PCR Testing

RT-PCR test means a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test, the purpose of which is to detect the presence of COVID-19, or the virus SARS-CoV-2, in the person to whom it is administered.

Lateral flow tests (LFT) and rapid antigen diagnostic tests (RADT), commonly referred to as antigen tests, are not sufficient for this purpose and therefore are not acceptable.

Unless you are exempt, on your arrival into Ireland, if you are over the age of 12, you must provide evidence of a negative (‘not detected’) result from a RT-PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to your arrival in the State.

Alternatively, if you have recovered from COVID-19, a valid positive RT-PCR test may be accepted, including evidence of the first positive test result being no more than 180 days and no less than 11 days prior to your arrival.

The evidence will need to be in English or Irish (or an official translation) and will need to include data such as:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • date of first relevant positive test result
  • country in which the test was carried out
  • certificate issuer
  • dates certificate valid from (not less than 11 days or more than 180 days after the date of first positive test result)
  • expiry date

Emirates Approved labs in SA for the PCR test: These could be taken as a guide for all airlines. This was in 2020 when Emirates was still flying

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are sent away to a lab to diagnose disease- in this case detection of Covid-19. This is a requirement 72hours BEFORE LANDING in Ireland and all members flying must be negative. They will not allow you to fly until you have a negative test. It is a PCR test required for travel to and from Ireland and South Africa

 

 Exemptions – passengers who do not need to provide evidence of a pre-departure PCR test

  • children aged 6 and under

Other exceptions HERE

 

SA2EIRE Suggestions
 
 
SA2Eire suggests for your own peace of mind:
 
  • As well as having the Vaccine card, that perhaps it is a good idea to have  a letter from your GP with their contact info to confrim you have had it and it is a legit vaccine.
 
  • If you are recovered from Covid 19 (positive) it needs to have been a PCR not rapid test, we suggest a letter from your GP or some other official proof of this in printed form. Antigen/rapid tests are not accepted as proof in Ireland (or most of the EU for that matter). This PCR test must be printed and stamped by an official lab in SA.

 

  • If you have recently had a positive test, you cannot fly until you test negative. This virus can take a few weeks-months to come out of your system. The airlines will not let you on the flight in SA until you have a negative PCR test

 


*Update on the 19th July 2021 from gov.ie (South Africa has an emergency brake in place)

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/77952-government-advice-on-international-travel/

Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside EU + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland

If your journey originates in a country to which an emergency brake has not been applied

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:

  • present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
  • self-quarantine for 14 days
  • if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine

 

Summary on Quarantine conditions from Citizens Information

 
 
If your place of departure in the previous 14 days is: Outside the EU
 
 

 
Self-Quarantine at home or bnb
 
This is if you have had the exemption to mandatory hotel quarantine- see exemptions above.
It is a 10-14 days self-quarantine at home or a bnb
Here it is recommended by the HSE you need private transport from the airport to your destination, so hire a car or get collected.
You need food delivered
You follow the self isolation guidelines
At day 5 you get PCR tested, if negative you get released from self-isolation.
*Be aware a person off our related Facebook group who had a positive case on their flight, we told by HSE to then isolate the full 14 day quarantine period. So this 5 days is not guaranteed.
 
 

Source is HSE links below

How to book a PCR test after arrival if you are self-quarantining (fully vaccinated)

https://www.gov.ie/en/service/f4ad3-book-a-covid-19-test-for-after-you-arrive-in-ireland/

 

 


 

DEPARTMENTS AND LINKS 

COVID-19 AFFECTING TRAVEL to and LIFE IN IRELAND

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND

   Gov.ie on Travel to Ireland during Covid-19

 

Irish EMBASSY

   Embassy of Ireland, South Africa

 

HSE- Health Service Exectutive

   HSE Covid health services

   How to self-isolate (stay in your room)

   How to book a PCR test after arrival if you are self-quarantining (fully vaccinated)

 

FLIGHTS AND ENTERING Ireland

   Passenger locator form- online

   Border Management Unit- BMU

   Entry in to Ireland - To enter in to Ireland, what documents do I need and how does it work?

  

OTHER

   Citizens information

 

SA2EIRE LINKS

 

   #MapMyMove- Our coaching Service - confused or lost and need some direction? 

   BLOGS- What Quarantine is like from a SAFFA who is on the inside...

   BLOGS- some helpful tips on what to pack in your bags for quaratine and keep yourself sane!

   Visiting Ireland - As South Africa is a non-visa required country what documents do I need to enter Ireland on holiday?

   Letter of Invitation - For family joining you later in Ireland/ Coming on Holiday/ Job Interview

   Entry in to Ireland - To enter in to Ireland, what documents do I need and how does it work?

   Flights from South Africa to Ireland - Airlines and routes from South Africa to Ireland

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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