Ireland Travel – The rules and entry requirements for children in Spain, Italy, Portugal and more for family vacation planning

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Foreign travel is again possible for Irish people, but there are rules and entry requirements for children who go on vacation with their families.

Those who are determined to enjoy a summer vacation to their favorite overseas vacation hotspot still have to go by the Covid rules for each country.

Covid testing requirements, entry requirements, and travel insurance are among the things Irish people need to check before opening their wallets.

Families are advised to be aware that if one of the children tests positive for Covid-19 they may not return to Ireland.

Current advice from the Irish government is that children traveling abroad with a guardian with Covid immunity do not need to be isolated upon their return.

Here is our guide to the current rules and restrictions for kids in Spain, Italy, Portugal and more on family vacation planning.

Spain




Entry Requirements: All Irish travelers aged 12 and over must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or complete proof of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Passengers are also required to complete an online health screening form 48 hours prior to travel.

Covid rules: In closed public spaces, face covering and a social distance of 1.5 m should be worn.

Tourist accommodations in the Canary Islands require proof of full vaccination, negative test, or recent recovery from Covid.

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When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.

Italy




Entry requirements: Currently, Irish people traveling to Italy can travel without an EU COVID digital certificate as long as they have legitimate proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test.

This travel advice comes because some are waiting for their Covid certificates before the trip, and according to the Federal Foreign Office: “If you cannot receive a digital EU Covid certificate … you must have valid proof of a vaccination certificate with one approved by the EMA Pre-departure vaccine, a Covid-19 recovery certificate or a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed up to 48 hours prior to arrival in Italy.

However, this is set to change in August. However, travelers planning to fly to Italy who have not yet received their QR code must do so before August 12th.

Covid rules: masks in public indoor spaces for all exempt children under six years of age, social distance of 1 m.

When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.

Portugal




Entry Requirements: Irish travelers must provide evidence at least 14 days prior to travel that they are fully vaccinated with the second vaccination or that they will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

Anyone over 12 must also show a negative PCR or antigen test result, fill out a passenger locator card, and undergo a temperature check upon arrival.

People aged 12-17 traveling with fully vaccinated parents are not required to be in quarantine, but must present a negative test result.

Covid rules: social distance of 2m, face masks in all closed rooms and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Taxis can only carry up to two passengers, night clubs are closed and beaches have one-way systems and umbrellas / towels should be 3 meters apart.

When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.

Greece –

Entry requirements: Everyone aged 12 and over must either have a negative PCR test within 72 days of arrival, a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours, proof of recovery from Covid (a positive PCR test from 30-180 days before Travel) or provide proof of two vaccinations carried out at least 14 days prior to arrival.

You may also need to do a quick test upon arrival, in the case of positive quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

Covid rules: face masks in all public and communal indoor areas, proof of vaccination for sitting in restaurants and bars, only 10 people are allowed to sit outside.

Travel to and between most of the Greek islands requires a negative Covid test to prove vaccination

When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.

Malta




Entry Requirements: Only fully vaccinated adults can travel to Malta from Ireland, while children aged 5-11 must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. Children aged 12-17 can only enter Malta if they are fully vaccinated.

You must also complete a passenger search and public health statement form prior to travel.

Covid rules: Face coverings in public places, indoors and outdoors. Two people with proof of vaccination can take off their masks in a public place outdoors. Night clubs are closed and only six per table in restaurants and cafes.

When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.

France

Only fully vaccinated adults can enter France and must provide evidence of their vaccination status and fill out an “affidavit”.

Accompanying children aged 12 and over must provide evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test 24 hours in advance.

Covid rules: face masks in all closed public spaces, except for children under 11 years of age. Adults need a “Pass sanitaire” to enter bars, restaurants, museums, use long-distance trains and take part in major events.

To get the passport, you will either need proof of vaccination, a negative test for the last 48 hours, or proof that you have recently recovered from Covid.

When you return to Ireland you must:

  • Fill out a passenger tracking form
  • Prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19. If you don’t have both, you must have a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your arrival. With the EU Digital Covid Cert you can prove that you have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative.


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