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How it worksTravelling to Italy in Summer 2021

The Republic of Ireland adopted the EU Digital Covid Certificate system on 19th July 2021 for restriction-free travel within EU member states. This replaces the EU Traffic Light system. Essentially meaning that if you are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your 2nd vaccination or 14 days after a single dose vaccine such as the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine) then you will face no restrictions, quarantine or testing to travel within the EU.

People aged 7 and over who are fully vaccinated (for at least 14 days) People aged 7 and over who've previously tested positive for COVID-19 Unvaccinated People aged 6 and over Children aged 5 and under
Proof of Covid Status

check EU Digital Covid Certificate


Where do I get it?

Digital Covid Certificates will be issued by the HSE (Health Service Executive). Issuing of the certs began on July 12th and recipients will receive them by post or email.


Travelling to Italy from July 19th onwards
Do I need a test?



Yes. Negative PCR or Antigen test taken 48 hours before arrival including children aged 6 and over. The Italians tend to call PCR tests (Molecular or un tampone) and Antigen tests (test antigene, test antigenico or tampone rapido).

No. For children aged 0-5 no test is required.

Where to get a test?



Available at Dublin & Cork Airports and other testing centres throughout the country including Boots Pharmacy, and


How much do tests cost?



Prices start at €69 for PCR Tests and €29 for Antigen Tests . Click for more info →


Quarantine Requirement On Arrival





Compulsory Form

Please click here to download the form which must be completed in advance of arrival in Italy. A single form is required for the entire travelling party. Once the form is filled you will receive a certificate which you will need to show both at your Irish Airport and your arrival airport in Italy. This form can be completed well in advance of travel.

Returning home from July 19th onwards
Do I need a test?



Yes. Age 12 and over require a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival.(Children aged 11 or under are exempt from the requirement for a PCR test or having a DCC) In Italy this test may be referred to as a molecular test, please ensure that you are getting the correct test, your in resort manager will be able to help you.


Where to get a test?



In advance of travel we will give you the details of where you can arrange a test in resort. Your in-resort representative will also be on hand in resort for any additional support needed.


How much do tests cost?



Prices start at €45 per person, and vary by location. There are local clinic options. (At present you must undergo a PCR test, antigen tests are currently not accepted by the Irish government). For added convenience in Sorrento, Topflight also has the option to organise the test to be conducted at your hotel at a cost of €45 per person, speak to your resort manager who can arrange this for you. Please request a copy of your test results in English.


Quarantine Requirement On Arrival





Compulsory Form

Please click here to download the form which must be completed in advance of arrival in Ireland. One form is needed per adult. Children can be added to an adult's form. Once filled in you will receive an email which you can print and show at the airports both in Italy and Ireland. This form can be completed well in advance of travel.

Before travelling to/from Ireland, passengers should consult the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs website for its latest travel advice and guidance. For the most up to date information see:

Department of Foreign Affairs
DFA Italian Travel Advice
Italian Tourist Board Covid-19 Updates
Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form. This form must be filled in advance of arrival in Ireland.

Italy is currently on the Amber list as per the UK traffic light system. This list will be reviewed in early August and indications are that Italy will move to the green list. From the 26th July 2021, the NI Executive allows vaccinated people from Northern Ireland to return home from Amber countries without the requirement to quarantine, this is very welcome news for those wishing to travel, other pre and post requirements will still remain in place.

However, travellers who have stayed in the United Kingdom in the 14 days prior to entering Italy must present a negative certificate for a molecular or antigenic test performed within 48 hours prior to entry into Italy and undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 5 days. At the end of the isolation period, they will have to perform a new molecular or antigen test. This requirement will remain in place until 30th August 2021, and will be reviewed in mid August for arrivals from September onwards.

There will be updates in early August on the green list destinations as per the UK traffic light system.

In preparation for travel, Northern Ireland residents can apply for their Covid Certificate on NI Direct which confirms proof of vaccine. Following technical issues, the app will be available from 31st July. NI Direct Covid Certificate Application.

Before travelling to/from Northern Ireland, passengers should consult the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office website for its latest travel advice and guidance. For the most up to date information see:

Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office Overall Advice
Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office - Italian Travel Advice
Italian Tourist Board Covid-19 Updates

Travel Advice.

Non-essential international travel resumed on 19th July 2021 and the Republic of Ireland operates the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. So alongside your phone, keys, boarding pass, passport… there will be a new addition to your airport checklist - your EU digital covid certificate (DCC). Further details can be found below on the DCC and the quick guide above should help to answer any of your questions. In advance of travel it is compulsory to fill out your European Digital Passenger Locator Form, click here.

With Topflight, our award-winning service, from the booking process, right through to resort, means that you can book with confidence. So for your own peace of mind and reassurance, we offer extended balance due date so you can book now with no balance due until just 6 weeks before travel and protection in the event that your holiday is impacted by Covid-19. It is essential that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday, the team can give you more details on the policy offered by Topflight or you can arrange your own.

All travellers are required to adhere to the public health advice and to not travel if they themselves have any Covid-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with a confirmed case, or have been advised to restrict their movements by a medical professional. If possible we would advise printing off all your documentation for use in the airports - locator forms, DCC's, boarding passes etc. Doing so will make it easier and quicker for you to show the various documents and avoid scrambling through various apps and websites for the required documentation. Also, as we all adapt to the new travel regulations, please allow extra time at the airport to help ensure a hassle free travel experience due to extra safety precautions at check in, security, boarding etc.

If you have any questions or concerns which are not addressed below, our reservations team will have the most up to date information and will be able to guide you through the travel process. We are contactable on 01 240 1700 or from Northern Ireland 028 2108 0007 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6:00pm. You can also use the chat service on

We look forward to speaking with you.

Our Flights

All aircraft used by our airline partners are installed with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter systems with vertical air flow which provide fresh air quality during the flight.

For the duration of your flight, you should:

  • Remain seated as much as possible. If you need to use the bathroom facilities, please advise a member of staff before leaving your seat. Queuing for bathrooms will not be permitted
  • Follow instructions and guidance from crew
  • Use contactless payment where possible. On Aer Lingus flights, the airline only accepts contactless payments both for in-flight shopping and food and beverage purchases.
  • Be aware there is likely to be a reduced food and drink service
  • It is mandatory that customers and crew wear face masks or face coverings on board all aircraft (except for eating and drinking). If you cannot do so for medical reasons in which case you must present a medical certificate confirming this.Young children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement
  • Alert the cabin crew if you become unwell during the flight

Our Partner Airports

We recommend that you allow yourself a little extra time for the airport. As there are many measures being taken such as maintaining social distancing and reducing physical contact for check in and security etc, it may take a little longer than usual. For these reasons, boarding may also be a little slower than usual. Also with the initial use of the DCC's this may take a little getting used to for both airport staff and the public, so please err on the side of caution and allow yourself that little bit of extra time. Also please ensure that your passport is in date before you go to the airport, if you need to renew see: Passport Application

For the most up to date information on our partner airports, see:

Belfast International Airport
Cork Airport
Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport - Useful tips and safety information

Our Transfers to Resort

As with all other aspects of the travel experience you will notice improved safety and social distancing where possible on your transfers. Changes will include:

  • Increased hygiene procedures on board transfer buses and an increased offering of private transfers
  • Every surface in our transfer buses or taxis will get a daily deep cleaning and cleaning between each journey if the vehicle is used by a different passenger or group of passengers
  • Each person will have an assigned seat on a transfer bus which will be configured in a socially distanced manner where possible and in accordance with local legislation
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required as you board the bus or taxi
  • Facial coverings will be required while on-board

Our Accommodation

Our partners and suppliers have been adapting their measures to optimise health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for social distancing. Many of the measures will be in line with what you have become accustomed to at home including hand santiser in public spaces and mask wearing indoors. They are working in line with their national government guidance to do everything that they can to ensure clients’ health, safety and comfort during their stay. Many hotels are also checking temperatures on arrival.

Our In-Resort Support

As always, on the ground support is an integral part of any Topflight holiday and one which we know that you appreciate and value, especially now. Every Topflight resort has a Resort Manager available to you 24/7 should you need any help or support throughout the duration of your holiday.

As we all try to keep face to face contact to a minimum, our service will adapt. With restricted numbers allowed into places like hotel bars and hotel lobbies etc. we will not be as visible as usual and we will not be able to host welcome meetings due to restrictions on numbers. However, should you become unwell during your stay and would like a Covid (Antigen test), speak to your in-resort manager and they can advise you on where you can have a test conducted, usually a local chemist (approx cost €22) or in the case of guests staying in Sorrento, there is an option to have a test conducted at your hotel (approx cost €25).

Rest assured however, that the team will offer a great service from afar. They will be contactable 24/7 as they always have been, should you need them. They have your contact mobile number as per your booking and will be able to contact you by phone call or text message should they need to advise you of anything.

Useful Information

EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) - Additional Information

From 19 July 2021, Ireland operates the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is designed to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic and individual Member States will determine how the DCC will be used as part of national public health measures. Each country remains responsible for deciding its own entry requirements; they are not standardised at EU level so passengers are advised to keep up to date with current requirements - presently for holders of DCC's this requirement in simply to fill in the passenger locator form for Italy and Ireland in advance of arrival in either country . Passengers arriving into Ireland with a DCC will not have to undergo any quarantine.

Where is the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) valid?

The EU digital green certificate will allow travellers to holiday abroad in 27 EU countries this summer (including Italy & Austria). Irish citizens can use the DCC to travel within the EU when international travel resumes on July 19. The system will be used throughout the EU and is also open to Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

When is the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) valid from?

The EU Digital Covid Certificate launched on July 1st. The Irish government implemented the system on 19th July 2021, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel originating within the EU/EEA. Unlike the UK travel system, there will be no traffic light system. All EU countries can welcome citizens from other EU countries once that individual has a valid DCC.

The certificate – in digital or paper format – is proof that a person has either:

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • received a negative test result; or
  • recovered from COVID-19 (After contracting the virus in the past 180 days)

It is important to note that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not a travel document. The possession of an EU Digital COVID Certificate will not be a precondition to travel. The DCC will be valid for 12 months.

Is the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) valid for all vaccines?

The digital green certificate will be issued to a person who has received any COVID-19 vaccine which has been authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At present, this includes the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Pharmaceutica NV) vaccines.

What format is the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and what is the cost?

The certificate is available in digital or paper format. It contains a QR code and will be available digitally through a smartphone or a printed document. The QR code will contain essential information and a digital signature to ensure authenticity. It is important to note that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is not a travel document. The possession of an EU Digital COVID Certificate will not be a precondition to travel. The certificate will be free of charge to EU citizens. A common EU framework will make certificates interoperable and verifiable across the European Union, as well as prevent fraud and forgery.

Where can you get your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)?

The HSE (Health Service Executive) will be responsible for administering the DCC for all individuals and it is open to people who have been vaccinated, have had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the previous 180 days or have a clear PCR test. All personal data will be processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulation. In general, if you registered via the HSE portal for your vaccine, you will receive your DCC via e-mail. If your vaccines were administered by a GP or pharmacy, you will receive a letter in the post. Each letter will have a code which can be scanned onto a smartphone. Your DCC can be saved on your phone either on the Covid Tracker app which has been updated with a new button called ‘Register EU Digital Covid Certificate' or alternatively you can save it in the wallet within your phone where you save other important documents. However, for those who have not yet received their cert, particularly the 130,000 people who have recovered from Covid-19 during the past six months, or have an issue with a wrong name or details, there is a helpline available to deal with queries contact them on 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008, however currently there may be long waiting times to speak to an operator. A new online option to apply for your DCC is also available for those who have recovered from Covid-19, this will be quicker than trying to phone. Click here for access

Is the DCC valid for all Topflight's featured destinations?

Yes, the DCC is valid in Topflight's summer destinations in Italy & Austria. It is also valid for ski resorts in Austria, France and Italy. Although not in the EU, it is expected that it will also be valid in Andorra, confirmation due shortly.

Italy as a 'white' zone & proof needed to enter certain indoor environments

The Italian government has placed all of Italy in their 'white' zone. The only rules that still have to be observed are: maintain a safe distance and avoid crowds. It will no longer be mandatory to wear masks outdoors, but you must always carry one with you and wear it if it is not possible to maintain the safety distance of 1 metre. Masks must still be worn in indoor public spaces such as bars, restaurants, museums and public transport. Bars, pubs, restaurants, ice cream parlours, pastry shops, museums, outdoor swimming pools, casinos and amusement parks are all re-opened. Children under 6 are exempt from mask wearing and people with disabilities and their carers if the mask makes communication between them difficult. As at home you will find sanitisers at entrances to shops, restaurants and other businesses.

As of 6 August 2021, new rules will come into place, similar to the Irish regulations for indoor dining. To access specific public places, events and gathering, individuals are requested to show their DCC, a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months or a negative result to an antigenic or molecular test (taken no more then 48 hours before). These measures apply to catering services if you are wish to dine indoors, shows, sports events, museums, swimming pools, festivals, amusement parks etc. For those in possession of a DCC document this will be the easiest and most convenient document to use to allow you to access these facilities in an easy manner. Childen up to 12 years old are exempt from these regulations.

For further details see the European Commisson information here →

You can downland a useful mobile app called Re-open Europe. The information here is regularly updated and is a great up to date source of information. here →

Additional Information on Pre-Travel Testing Options

There are two private companies offering pre-travel tests at Dublin Airport.

Rocdoc operate two testing centres at Dublin Airport - One at the express green car park, this is a drive through option and is open from 08:00 - 19:00. Alternatively you can use their walk-in centre at the North Terminal which is open 24 hours a day.

Rocdoc testing is also available at Cork Airport at the Red Express Car Park overflow section. Opening hours from 09:00 - 16:45. There is also a walk through option from 09:00 - 11:45 in the main airport building.

Randox also operate a testing centre at Dublin Airport - This is located at the Randox Travel Centre which is close to terminal 2 short term car park and operates from 02:00 - 20:00.

Alongside testing options at the airports there are numerous alternative testing centres throughout the country including Boots pharmacy at 14 locations, based in Skerries, Dublin and based in Blanchardstown & Dundrum, Dublin. If you are based in Cork, one option is based in Cork City Centre.There are numerous other options throughout the country. Topflight are not affilated to any of these testing centres.

For further details see Rocdoc Randox

Travel Insurance

Topflight are delighted to offer a comprehensive travel insurance policy with enhanced Covid-19 protection for passengers. It is essential that you ensure that you take out travel insurance once you make a holiday booking. This policy can be purchased during the booking process or speak to a member of the team for further information.

Insurance cover now includes specific Covid Cover - Peace of Mind

  • For Holiday Cancellation
  • For Holiday Curtailment
  • For Medical Cover
  • For Failure of COVID Test prior to departure (due to COVID Diagnosis)
  • Cover if required to quarantine or have a directive to isolate from the HSE/NHS as a result of close contact.

For full details on Topflight’s Travel Insurance policy click here →

EHIC or GHIC Cards.

We advise all those travelling to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in a European country.

For further details on EHIC click here.

For further details on GHIC click here.

Travelling from Northern Ireland

If you have any questions related to travelling post Brexit please see the government website

For further details click here.

A Quick Checklist

As the travel experience will now be different to when you last travelled, this quick checklist will help to make things smoother.

Please ensure you are aware of all mandatory travel requirements before you fly. It is each passenger’s responsibility to check local requirements before travelling. However, we will be in touch should there be any significant changes and indeed please contact the team in Dublin on 01 240 1700 or your in resort manager with any questions or concerns that you may have.

check EU Digital Covid Travel Certificate. If you have been issued with your cert, please remember to ensure you have a copy, either on your phone or a printed version. Prior to travel please check your certificate to ensure that name and details match your passport and if there are any issues please contact the government helpline on 1800 851 504 or 1800 807 008.


If you have not been issued with your EU Digital Covid Travel Certificate yet, please check the grid at the top of this page so you can comply with testing requirements to enter Italy and to return home.

check Passenger locator forms.

Before travelling to Italy

In advance of travel everyone must fill in the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF). For further details click here.

Before arriving home to the Republic of Ireland

Everyone who arrives in the Republic of Ireland must complete the Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form in advance of arrival home. Since 12th July, this form is only available in digital format and paper formats will not be accepted and may result in delays at the airport.

For further details click here.

check Face masks/coverings.Please ensure that you bring an adequate supply of face masks/coverings for use both in airports and on the aircraft, the use of facemasks/coverings is mandatory.

check Arrive early at the airport. We recommend arriving at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight, ideally with all documentation printed to make it easier. Please be prepared to allow extra time for check in, security and boarding as the airports and airlines comply with social distancing requirements. As we have become accustomed to, even queuing for food or drinks in the airport may also take longer, so do allow yourself plenty of time if you enjoy a pre-travel airport drink or meal. Also bear in mind that the airlines will be offering a more limited food and beverage service with only contactless payment accepted.

check Travel Insurance. It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance for you and your travelling party. Please do not travel without travel insurance which incorportes Covid-19 cover. The team will be able to advise on the policy that Topflight offer.

As always, any questions please contact us by phone, email ( or send us a private message on facebook (Topflight Holidays (Ireland)). We look forward to have you travel with us in the near future.

All information on this page is correct at the time of publishing, however it is subject to change, we will endeavour to keep it as current as possible. Last updated 30th July 2021.

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