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What Covid test do I need to travel from Spain to Ireland now?

What Covid test do I need to travel from Spain to Ireland now?, whether you travel with a low-cost airline like Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Ethiopian Airlines or a little more expensive like Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, or Tap Portugal; I currently need an RT-PCR test to enter Irish territory, and no, a rapid antigen test is not valid.

To travel to Ireland this fall, it is essential that I do an RT-PCR test a maximum of 72 hours before my trip, even though I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This test must show a negative result to be valid, antigen tests are not accepted for travel to Irish territory.

Currently, like most countries, the protocol to enter Ireland will depend on whether or not I am vaccinated against Covid-19. The complete vaccination schedule accepted in the country is 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccines (6-7 days after the last dose), Moderna, Astrazeneca, or 1 dose of the Jenssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine 14 days after application the last dose.

https://www.medmesafe.com/pcr-centros Covid test needed to travel from Spain to Ireland

Once my vaccination status has been determined, I must declare if I have been in the last 14 days in a country belonging to the European Union or not, below the requirements of each case.

If I have been within the EU for the last 14 days I need:

  • Fill out the Covid-19 Passenger Location Form before flight departure.
  • Valid proof of vaccination (with the parameters mentioned above).
  • Post covid-19 recovery test
  • An RT-PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before the trip, IRELAND DOES NOT ACCEPT ANTIGEN TEST FOR TRAVEL

If I meet all the requirements, I will not have to quarantine or take other diagnostic tests for Covid-19 after I arrive.

If I have been outside the EU in the last 14 days:

I must present the same requirements as above:

  • Covid-19 passenger location form before flight departure.
  • Valid proof of vaccination (with the parameters above).
  • Post covid-19 recovery test
  • An RT-PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before the trip, IRELAND DOES NOT ACCEPT ANTIGEN TEST FOR TRAVEL

The difference will be in whether I have a vaccination certificate validated by the EU or not. Vaccines such as Sinopharm, Cansino, Sinovac, etc.; are not admitted by the European Union or the United Kingdom, therefore I will have to KEEP QUARANTINE for the 14 days after my arrival.

https://www.medmesafe.com/pcr-centros Covid test needed to travel from Spain to Ireland

If I am vaccinated with any of the vaccines accepted by the EU, I do not have to quarantine but I do have to comply with the following requirements:

  • Covid-19 passenger location form before my flight departs.
  • Valid proof of vaccination (with the parameters above).
  • Post covid-19 recovery test
  • An RT-PCR test performed no more than 72 hours before the trip, IRELAND DOES NOT ACCEPT ANTIGEN TEST FOR TRAVEL

If you have more questions, contact us at the following link

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

https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/spain/news-and-events/updates/#travelqueries

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