Ireland: EU Digital COVID Certificate Third Country Portal for Irish Citizens

October 4, 2021

Key Points  

  • The Irish government is adding an additional service to ensure that Irish citizens vaccinated outside of the EU can obtain a Digital COVID-19 Certificate valid in Ireland and the EU.  

Overview

On Sept. 30, 2021, the Irish government announced that it would launch a new service to ensure that Irish citizens vaccinated outside of the EU can obtain a Digital COVID-19 Certificate that will be valid in Ireland and across the EU. Applications will be accepted from individuals 18 years of age and older who hold a valid Irish Passport and reliable proof that they have received a vaccination type currently authorized for use in Ireland including: 

  • Pfizer-BiNtech Vaccine, Moderna Vaccine, Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine 

This service will be released in two phases. Phase 1 began Sept. 30, 2021. During this phase the portal will accept applications from Irish citizens vaccinated in Northern Ireland who hold a Northern Irish COVID vaccination certificate with a QR code. Applicants will be required to hold: 

  • A valid Irish Passport; 

What are the Changes? 

Irish citizens vaccinated in countries outside of the EU and Ireland will be eligible to receive an EU Digital COVID Certificate if they can present proof of vaccination.   

Looking Ahead

Phase 2 will begin Oct. 21, 2021. During this phase the portal will accept applicants from Irish citizens vaccinated in all countries outside of the EU, except those which have been awarded an equivalence decision as the COVID Certificates issued in those countries and territories are accepted under the same conditions as the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Applicants will be required to hold: 

  • A valid Irish Passport; 
  • Proof of vaccination from the relevant issuing authority in the country  ________________________________________________________________________________________________Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.  
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