EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate: How it Works

How it will work?


The current travel advice in Ireland is to avoid non-essential travel, but from 19th July the following will apply:


Departures from Ireland

If you are travelling within the EU, check what restrictions are in place in the country you are travelling to on ReOpen EU.

If you have been vaccinated or had a Covid-19 test here, you will be issued a Digital Covid Certificate from Ireland.

If you are travelling outside of the EU, please check the travel restrictions in that country on the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Arriving into Ireland from another EU/EEA country

Before arriving into Ireland, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

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-19 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-19Certificates, 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-19 Certificate? 


There are 4 types of Certificate:

1. 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. 


The Digital COVID Certificate will be in PDF format when emailed to you. You may download it to your phone, where the QR code on the PDF may be inspected or scanned. These Digital COVID Certificates will be emailed or posted in the coming days.


2. 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. You will be able to request this DCC via a helpline. Helpline details will be published shortly.


3. Certificate based on negative RT-PCR test

You can obtain a RT-PCR test privately and a Digital COVID Certificate will be provided by the private RT-PCR testing service.


4. Certificate based on negative antigen test

You can obtain an antigen test privately in Ireland and a DCC will be provided by the private testing service.


NOTE: A DCC based on an antigen test will not be accepted for entry to Ireland, but is acceptable in a number of other countries – find out more on ReOpen EU.



What will be on your Digital COVID Certificate? Is it safe?

The certificate will contain a QR code with a digital signature for verification.

The certificate will only contain necessary information, including:

  • your name
  • 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. The data remains on the certificate and is not stored or retained when the certificate gets verified. 



Travelling with children

Children between the ages of 7 and 17 must have a negative RT-PCR test in order to travel into Ireland, even with fully vaccinated or recovered adults. Children aged 6 and under do not need to take a RT-PCR test prior to travelling to Ireland.

Advice on travelling abroad is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Requirements for entering Ireland until 19 July

The current travel advice in Ireland is to avoid non-essential travel.


The requirements for entering Ireland from abroad have not changed and remain in place until 19 July, even for those bearing an EU Digital COVID Certificate from another EU Member State. Learn more.


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 DCC for other domestic purposes, for example: to allow access to restaurants or cinemas. They will have to set that up in national law. 



Information provided by the Irish Government publication "EU Digital Covid Certificate". Published on 28th June 2021. Last updated on 13 July 2021.