Cork Airport

COVID-19 Travel Advice

As of Thursday 6th January, vaccinated passengers that arrive into Ireland from overseas are no longer required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival; meaning that all vaccinated passengers that have a valid Digital COVID Certificate, proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 in the prior 6 months, will be exempt from entry testing requirements.

Passengers without proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior 6 months, will be required to provide evidence of a ‘Not detected’ COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival into Ireland. 

In Summary:

  • If you have proof of valid vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, you will not be required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
  • If you do not have proof of valid vaccination or recovery, only a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of arrival, will be accepted. This can be in paper or electronic format.
  • All passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form online in advance of travel and is a requirement for boarding your flight. To complete this form, click here.
  • Accompanying children aged 11 and under are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test.
  • For the latest Government advice on entry to Ireland and test requirements exemptions, please click here.

Departing passengers:

  • If you are departing from Ireland to another country, please click here for all the information you need with regards to entry requirements for your destination.
  • These are the official and very best sources of information for departing from Ireland and for your return:
    • The Department of Foreign Affairs website - click here.
    • The Government of Ireland website for international travel - click here.
    • Your airline - please check with your airline as advice and entry requirements are subject to change.
    • For more information about travel and entry requirements within the EU, and the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate, click here.

Arriving Passengers:

  • Please see the most recent announcement above from the Irish Government. As of Thursday 6th January, vaccinated passengers that arrive into Ireland from overseas are no longer required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival; meaning that all vaccinated passengers that have a valid Digital COVID Certificate, proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19, will be exempt from entry testing requirements.
  • Passengers without proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the prior 6 months, will be required to provide evidence of a ‘Not detected’ COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival into Ireland. Should you have any further queries, please check with your airline or the Irish Government website gov.ie.

Travelling from UK:

  • In addition to the requirement to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, passengers arriving from the UK are being advised by the Irish Government to undertake daily antigen tests for five consecutive days, beginning with the day of arrival, and to self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test if they develop symptoms or have a positive antigen test. please check with your airline or visit the Irish Government website gov.ie.

Passenger Locator Form:

  • All passengers, Irish resident, EU, and non-EU who enters the Irish state must complete the Passenger Locator Form online in advance of travel and is a requirement for boarding your flight. To complete this form click here.

Accompanying Children:

  • Accompanying children under the age of 11 are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test.

Connecting Passengers:

  • As travel advice and requirements are constantly changing, please check with your airline and gov.ie in advance of travel for the latest advice.

COVID-19 tests:

  • If you require a COVID-19 test, you can use a local test centre near you or there is one private company operating at Cork Airport. To find our more, click here.
  • When outside of Ireland, and you require a negative RT-PCR test for your return, please ensure to arrange for a test to be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival back to Ireland.

Health/travel documents:

  • We suggest you save all your travel documents and certificates in one place. Example your mobile phone wallet, so you have both your passport and documents ready for contactless presentation.

  • We also recommend that you have a printed copy of your health documents, e.g., EU Digital COVID Certificate, just in case of an issue with your mobile phone.
  • It’s always a good idea to a keep a scan or photocopy of your passport in the eventuality that it gets lost or stolen.

Don’t forget your face masks:

  • It is now a legal requirement that all passengers wear a face mask or appropriate face covering throughout their full airport journey. Passengers should come to the airport with their face masks, but if new or more are required, masks will be available to purchase from vending machines and other outlets throughout the airport.

  • Exemptions only apply to children under the age of 13 or passengers who can provide evidence of a valid medical reason. 

Preparing for security:

  • The Security screening process itself has not changed; we have just added extra safety measures to protect you.
  • Ideally only 1 piece of hand baggage per person.
  • Separate out liquids, gels and pastes into one single, clear one litre plastic bag with each container no bigger than 100ml.
  • No sharp objects, make sure you have all electronic devices out and in the tray, along with shoes, jackets, coins and jewellery.

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