Ireland Drops Mandatory Quarantine for 23 Countries

The Republic of Ireland has maintained mandatory hotel quarantine requirements for some months. Over the past weekend, however, these restricitions have dropped for arrivals from a large number of countries.

We take a look at Ireland’s latest travel rules per continent, below.

What is mandatory quarantine?

Arrivals from what are considered to be ‘high risk’ countries (designated states) are only allowed to enter Ireland if they provide proof of a reservation in a government selected quarantine hotel.

These reservations must be booked in advance, and apply anyone who has been in any high risk country in the preceding 14 days. The same rules apply to travellers who have transited through these countries, even if they stayed airside. If you are arriving from a designated state, you can end your quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on Day 10.

Find out more about booking hotel quarantine here.

What has changed?

The following countries have been removed from the designated state list effective Friday, 27th August. Mandatory hotel quarantine is therefore no longer an entry requirement.

Africa

  • Botswana
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Eswatini
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Pakistan

Europe

  • Georgia
  • Russia

Oceania

  • Fiji

North America

  • Cuba

South America

  • Paraguay
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uruguay

Mandatory Quarantine List

The list of designated states has been dramatically shortened. The last countries on the list are:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

There are several categories for exemption from the quarantine requirement.

The government has announced that the number of hotels in the system will be reduced from 8, to 3, but the mandatory quarantine programme will remain as long as is necessary.

Current Rules on entry and in Ireland

23 countries have been released from Ireland's mandatory quarantine requirements, which means more visitors to sites like the Cliffs of Moher
Ireland is re-opening to more visitors – with restrictions in place

Travellers to Ireland must complete the Passenger Locator Form before their trip. Passengers must present proof of either, full vaccination, or recovery, or, a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. Children below the age of 12 do not need to provide any of the above.

Bars, restaurants and attractions are open. Indoor dining services have specific regulations in place for those older than 18. In order to enter a venue, you must show proof of vaccination, or a recovery certificate dated within 6 months. Businesses have a right to refuse service if one of these is not presented. A maximum of 6 people aged 13 or older are permitted at a table, and masks must be worn when not at your table.

Face masks must be worn in public transport, shops, and other premises.

The Irish government has announced that its plans to reduce restrictions and Covid-19 rules in the coming 2 months.

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