It is lovely to hear that you and your family are planning on coming to see us at the end of March!
There have been some recent changes to the current travel and public health guidelines. To keep up to date as you try to make plans, we'd suggest keeping an eye on our own Traveler's Health
Page for all official resources and links to current information. There are links to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as different rules apply in the different locations. You will also need to look at the rules for Scotland
as dates and changes are planned on the mainland too.
It is possible to take a ferry
from Larne or Belfast to Scotland, just check with the car rental company that they allow this, you also need to tell them that you intend to travel to Northern Ireland for insurance purposes.
With regards to the test required to return home, please have a look at the page on travel to the USA
. The test needs to be taken within one day of departure so if traveling on a Saturday it needs to be taken on the Friday. The test result can be from either an antigen, PCR or LAMP test. There are locations at Dublin Airport
and also in the city where you can get a test with the results within 24 hours. Please have a look at this official website on RT-PCR tests
for helpful locations.
I hope this helps and that you can fill your time with us here on the island of Ireland.
Where have you planned to see while here with us so far?