Get Ready for an Irish Summer. American Tourists Welcomed Back on July 19

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Add Ireland to the growing list of destinations open to tourists and digital nomads in just a couple of weeks. 

Beginning July 19, Ireland has stated it will once again accept tourists, regardless of vaccination status from both the UK and the United States. Just like everywhere else, this is pending any significant changes in covid cases in Ireland.

How to enter Ireland

For anyone over the age of 2, the current restrictions allow for entering Ireland with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Ireland, followed by a 14-day quarantine.

Ireland will drop the quarantine requirement on July 19 for those who can show proof of a completed vaccination. The country considers full vaccination to be anyone with an EU-approved vaccine course given at least 14 days before entering the country.

Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK and US will be able to travel to Ireland without the need for testing or quarantine beginning July 19. 

Those who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated will still need to show a negative covid test followed by self-quarantine prior to the results of a second test taken on day 5 of quarantine.  

While this does shorten the quarantine period, it’s still something to consider for those contemplating heading to Ireland before becoming completely vaccinated.

Ireland is opening bars and restaurants to indoor seating on July 5. Museums, tourist attractions, and cultural exhibits reopened in May with masking and social distancing measures in place.

We’re finding great flight deals from the US to Dublin beginning in mid-August. A one-month roundtrip ticket from either coast of the US is hovering around $400. One-way flights cost slightly under $300 starting in mid-August.

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Getting back into the US from Ireland

All US passport holders bound for the US from Europe need a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours from departure. Testing in Europe is usually free. The Dublin Airport also offers covid testing, but prices start at about $100. 


Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.