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EU Traffic Light System for Travel


Latest Update - 13th January 2021

From January 16th, the Irish Government require all passengers arriving into Ireland to have a negative/not detected COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Passengers arriving from red and grey listed countries, as defined by the EU traffic light system, and all other locations outside of Europe, must continue to restrict their movements for 14 days.

However, this may be lifted on receipt of a negative/not detected result of a second PCR test taken no less than five days after arrival.

Arrivals from green and orange countries, as defined by the EU traffic light system, will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival but must adhere to the local public health guidance.

Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative or not detected result before boarding their aircraft prior to departure and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers upon arrival at Shannon Airport. 

Exemptions will be limited to those currently exempt from this requirement, which are international transport workers, including hauliers, pilots and aviation crew, masters and maritime crew, and members of An Garda Síochána in the course of their duties. Children under six will also be exempt.​​


Please contact your airline for up to date information on flights.

For more information, please visit the Irish Government website at gov.ie and hse.ie

For latest travel advice, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website.


EU Traffic Light System 

A new EU-wide traffic light system of travel is now in effect in Ireland. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will categorise European and European Economic Area countries and regions as green, orange, red or grey based on the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A map will be published by the ECDC on a weekly basis which will show which countries and areas are listed as green, orange red or grey. Click HERE to view the latest map. Areas are categorised by the ECDC using the most up to date data such as the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates. 

Passengers arriving from countries listed as green are not required to restrict their movements, in line with the EU traffic light approach for travel.  

Passengers arriving from countries listed as orange, red and grey are required to restrict their movements for 14 days unless they can adhere to the exemptions below. 

Passengers arriving from countries listed as orange may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result during the three days before arriving in Ireland. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession. 

From midnight 29th November, Passengers arriving from red countries may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative result from an approved COVID-19 test taken five days after arriving to Ireland. Passengers should wait for a negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements. 

Arrivals from Great Britain are subject to the EU traffic light categorisation and restrictions. At present, arrivals from third countries, such as the US, will be treated as red regions. This will continued to be reviewed by the ECDC. 

There are some exemptions to the requirement to restrict movements for 14 days for passengers arriving from orange, red and grey countries. The Irish Government has agreed that, in accordance with the EU recommendation, travellers with an essential function or need should not be required to undergo restricted movement or testing while exercising this essential function. For more information, please see the Irish Governments advice on travelling to Ireland HERE

The requirement to restrict movement for 14 days does not apply to certain defined categories of passengers. For more information, please see the Irish Governments advice on exemptions HERE.

All arriving passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form. The government has updated this to include an option for travellers to indicate the basis on which they may be claiming an exemption. Passengers must provide documentary evidence to demonstrate their exemption. The COVID-19 Passenger Locater Form is available online HERE

A separate travel advisory has been issued for Denmark. Passengers arriving from Denmark, including those travelling for essential purposes, are required to restrict their movements for 14 days due to concerns around SARS-CoV-2 identified in mink. For more information about this travel advisory, please click HERE

Ireland remains at level 5 of the Government’s National Framework for living with COVID-19. The governments general advice on travel remains, to avoid all non-essential travel. Please see the Department of Foreign Affairs website HERE for more information on travel restrictions.   
 

EU Traffic Light System for Travel FAQ's


What do green, orange, red and grey countries mean?   

Passengers arriving from countries listed as green are not required to restrict their movements, in line with EU traffic light approach for travel.  

Passengers arriving from countries listed as orange, red and grey are required to restrict their movements for 14 days.  

Passengers arriving from countries listed as orange may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result during the three days before arriving in Ireland. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession. 

Passengers arriving from red countries may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative result from an approved COVID-19 test taken five days after arriving to Ireland. This will come into effect as soon as is practicable from the State. Therefore the 14 day restrictions continue to apply until further notice.  

For more infromation on the EU traffic light system for travel, click HERE.


What countries are listed as green?  

There are currently no green countries according to the latest EU traffic light system map.    

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will publish a weekly map which will show which countries are listed as green, orange, red or grey. This map will be updated weekly by the ECDC. Click HERE to view the latest map. 


Can I start making travel plans? 

Ireland remains at level 5 of the Government’s National Framework for living with COVID-19. The Government’s general advice on travel remains, to avoid all non-essential travel. Please see the Department of Foreign Affairs website HERE for more information on travel restrictions.   

If you are planning on travelling to a green country when government restrictions ease, you should also check what restrictions, if any, apply to passengers arriving into that country from Ireland. Some of these countries have quarantine requirements or other restrictions in place for arrivals from other countries, including Ireland. For more, see www.dfa.ie 


Can I get a COVID-19 test at the airport?  

From the 11th November, you will now be able to book a drive through COVID-19 test at Shannon Airport with RocDoc, an Irish healthcare facility. Booking is available at www.covidcheck.ie.

The new drive through COVID-19 testing centre is located in Coach Park 2 at Shannon Airport. Once you arrive to the airport, follow the signs to direct you to the testing facility. 

RocDoc provide a private testing service to the public, with test results available within just a few hours. As part of the services RocDoc will be offering pre-departure tests for passengers flying out of the airport in accordance with the EU’s traffic light system. 

RocDoc offers Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) approved CE marked tests using PCR and LAMP technology. Prices for this service start at €129 per test. Results from RocDoc’s tests using the LAMP method are available within just a few hours. They also provide tests using the PCR method, which is the preferred screening method of the Irish Government and Health Authority with results available within 48 hours aprox.  

For more information and to book your test, please visit www.covidcheck.ie 


What if I have a negative COVID-19 test result? 

Passengers arriving from countries listed as orange may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result during the three days before arriving to Ireland. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession. 

Passengers arriving from red countries may be exempt from restricting their movements if they receive a negative result from an approved COVID-19 test taken five days after arriving to Ireland. For more information, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website HERE.  


What if I have a positive COVID-19 test result?

RocDoc, the healthcare company operating the drive through testing facility at Shannon Airport, will share this information with the HSE who will then carry out the contact tracing for that patient. For more infromation, please visit RocDoc's website www.rocdochealthcheck.ie 


Arriving to Shannon Airport 

All arriving passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form in advance of presenting to Passport Control at Shannon Airport. The form can be completed online and is available to download HERE.  

The EU traffic light system for travel is built on pre-departure testing. Shannon Airport has no responsibility to test arriving passengers, only to provide COVID-19 testing facilities, which passengers can avail of through RocDov. For more information and to book your test, visit www.covidcheck.ie 



Making it Easy
Our top tip is to download the Department of Foreign Affairs Travelwise App. It's a great resource for up to date travel advice. You can even set it up to receive notifications letting you know when the travel status of a country changes from 'Avoid non-essential travel' to 'normal precautions'.
 

While many elements of travel have changed over the last few months, the easy, local and friendly welcome at Shannon remains the same, and we're ready to welcome you back when you're ready to fly again.

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