On the form, you will indicate which of the following you are travelling with:
proof of vaccination
proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months
proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival
Your Digital COVID Certificate can be used as proof of whichever of the above applies for you.
Your Passenger Locator Form
will be checked prior to departure on your journey to Ireland by your carrier and you may be asked to provide the certificate indicated on your form.
At arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on Digital COVID Certificates, other proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR tests as appropriate.
The introduction of these additional checks will cause some disruption to journeys. If you are travelling, you are advised to expect delays and give yourself extra time either side of departure and arrival.
When you will get your Digital COVID Certificate
There are 4 types of Digital COVID Certificate:
Certificate based on vaccination
You can get this certificate if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
If the HSE has a valid email address for you from the vaccination process – you will get your Digital COVID Certificate by email. Otherwise, you will get your certificate via post.
These Digital COVID Certificates are currently being emailed or posted.
Certificate based on recovery
A certificate of recovery will be available from 11 days after a positive test, and will be valid for no more than 180 days after you test positive. Instead of calling the Digital COVID Certificate helpline, you can now fill out an online form to request a certificate of recovery.
You can book a RT-PCR test privately and a Digital COVID Certificate will be provided by the private RT-PCR testing service. Certificates based on a RT-PCR are valid for 72 hours after the test was taken.
You can book an antigen test privately and a Digital COVID Certificate will be provided by the private testing service. Certificates based on negative antigen tests are valid for 48 hours after the test was taken.
scan the QR code on the certificate you get by email or in the post
if you got your certificate by email, it's easiest to open it on another device. You can then use your mobile device to scan it
the certificate is only stored on your phone. It is not shared with anyone. You can delete it at any time
you can use the app to store your certificate without using any of the other features in the app
Travel without this certificate
The document is not a precondition for travel but it does make travelling within the EU easier. However, you will still need to adhere to the restrictions in place in the country you are travelling to. You can find detail on these restrictions on the ReOpen EU website.
If you don't get your Digital COVID Certificate in the coming weeks
Every effort has been made to ensure the data is correct and complete. If you do have a concern about the detail on your Digital COVID Certificate, you can call the helpline on 1800 807 008 to have the details corrected.
What will be on your Digital COVID Certificate
The certificate will contain a QR code with a digital signature for verification.
The certificate will only contain necessary information, including:
your date of birth
the date of issue
relevant information about your vaccine or test or recovery
a unique identifier number
When your certificate is checked, the QR code is scanned, and the signature verified.
People who have been vaccinated or have recovered in another country
The Digital COVID Certificate is a record of a medical event that takes place in the country of issuing. People who were vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in another jurisdiction will need to access the Digital COVID Certificate in that country. The certificate is not related to your citizenship.
If you are travelling from Ireland and need a Digital COVID Certificate of a negative test, you can access this through private providers.
Travelling with children
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.
Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.
Number of EU Digital COVID Certificates issued to date
Using the Digital COVID Certificate for other purposes
The Digital COVID Certificate is designed to support safe travel within the EU but countries may be using the EU Digital COVID Certificate for other domestic purposes, for example: to allow access to restaurants or cinemas. They will have to set that up in national law, so check before you travel.
Update: notice on certificates containing Síneadh Fada
We are sorry that many of our residents who received their Digital COVID Certificates through the post were disappointed to find that the síneadh fadas in their name and/or address had been misprinted.
This was unfortunately due to an error in our print preparation process, which has since been resolved.
We have identified people whom we believe were affected by this error and reissued your certificates automatically.
We appreciate that some of you may use the fada in every day correspondence but not on your passport name. If you are concerned about this and would prefer an exact match, a portal facility will be available later this week to facilitate a resolution.
Please do not contact the service desk unless your travel is imminent.