The signs are positive and it looks like the world is finally beginning to emerge from the two years of lockdowns, isolation, fear and uncertainty caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
For many of us the urge to travel is stronger than every. Experiencing the wonderful sights, smells and sounds while cycling or hiking through the Irish countryside is once again a possibility.
Regulations Regarding Travel to Ireland in 2022
In brief the regulations as they currently stand are as follows.
You must produce one of the following:
(a) Proof of Vaccination
You must produce an accepted proof of vaccination.
If you are an EU resident the Covid Digital Certificate is the accepted vaccination cert.
For non-EU residents the cert must be issued by the relative authority.
Primary vaccinations (not boosters) must have been administered not more than 270 days from the date of arrival in Ireland.
For passengers arriving who have received a booster there is no time limit.
There are currently 8 vaccinations accepted for travel to Ireland. These are listed on the Irish Government website. See the link below.
(b) Proof of Recovery from Covid 19
You must produce a written or digital proof of recovery from Covid 19.
Proof of recovery is not valid if it is more than 180 days since the first positve test result.
(c) Proof of a negative PCR test
This must have been taken not more than 72 hours before arrival in Ireland.
Children under 11 are exempt from testing requirments. There are also some other exemption. See the link below.
Passenger Locator Form
All passengers over 18 must fill out a passenger locator form. This will be provided by your airline or ferry company. You will be emailed a receipt. You will be required to produce this when boarding.
Children under 18 must be included on an adults passenger locator form.
As Covid 19 is still very much with us, it is possible that some regulations will change as they have done since travel first started opening up again. It is therefore a good idea to regularly check the Irish government website for any updates. The relevant page can be found at
Even as travel opens up it is still strongly advised to take all reasonable care. For those of us who enjoy cycling and walking it is great comfort to know that we can do what we love and still be able to avoid the crowds.