The Government has added 26 further states to the list of counties whose arrivals are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland.
Plans to expand mandatory hotel quarantine to 43 additional countries, including the United States, Germany and France, sparked a major row within Government and these destinations have not been included on the list.
In a statement, the Department of Health said advice from Ireland’s acting chief medical officer regarding the inclusion of a number of other states, not included in the new update, will be considered ahead of the Government’s next meeting.
“Ongoing considerations will also address various issues including the operational capacity that may be required to accommodate additional travellers and issues related to the Common Travel Area and the need to consult with our EU partners,” the Department said in a statement.
“Further consideration will also be given to ways in which measures pertaining to those travelling from non-designated states might be further strengthened.”
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, expressed the opinion earlier this afternoon that countries where a high number of Irish people reside should not be included on the list.
The Department has now confirmed that 26 additional states have been added to Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine list by the Minister for Health, following consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Travellers from the below will have to book accommodation for mandatory hotel quarantine if they intend to arrive in Ireland after 4am on Tuesday, April 6th:
- the Republic of Albania
- the Principality of Andorra
- the Kingdom of Bahrain
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
- the State of Israel
- the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- the Republic of Kosovo
- the State of Kuwait
- the Republic of Lebanon
- the Republic of San Marino
- the Republic of Moldova
- the Principality of Monaco
- the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- the Republic of North Macedonia
- the Sultanate of Oman
- the State of Palestine
- the Republic of the Philippines
- the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- the State of Qatar
- Saint Lucia
- the Republic of Serbia
- the Federal Republic of Somalia
- the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
The Department also confirmed that one state, the Republic of Mauritius, will be removed from the hotel quarantine list.