Belgium, France and Italy along with the US and Canada are to be added to the State’s mandatory hotel quarantine list.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly tonight announced his intention to add an additional 16 States to the list of designated states. People arriving into Ireland from these states or transiting through them must complete Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.
Minister Donnelly said: “Protecting public health as a matter of urgency has been to the fore of these decisions around mandatory quarantine. This is another strong move following public health advice relating to Variants of Concern with Covid-19. These variants pose a significant risk to our fight against this disease and our vaccination programme. This decision also reinforces Ireland’s biosecurity, ensuring we have the strongest measures in place in Europe.”
From next Thursday, April 15, passengers from Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Armenia, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives and Ukraine will be forced to quarantine for at least 12 days on arrival in Ireland.
Israel, Albania and St Lucia are to be taken off the quarantine list. Israel was added to the list in the last week.
The Tifco Hotel Group has been asked to almost double the number of rooms they can provide for hotel quarantining from 654 to 1,147 rooms later this month.
Meanwhile, it will now be a legal requirement for all passengers arriving in Ireland to book a Covid-19 test with the HSE on the fifth day after they arriving in the country. This will be in addition to the negative test they have to produce on arrival.
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