The Irish Government has announced that from 4am on Tuesday May 4 India will be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list for arriving passengers to Ireland. The complete list of 72 countries and territories is now as follows:
Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Curaçao, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, France, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya , Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malawi, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Maldives, Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands.

The countries in bold are those countries from which we currently have a significant number of arriving assignees. Note that passengers arriving from the countries listed above and who are fully vaccinated will not be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine but WILL still have to isolate at home for 2 weeks unless they produce a negative PCR test, provided by an Irish provider, after the 5th day of their isolation.

The government has again advised that this list will be reviewed on a regular basis and that countries will be added or removed from the list depending on COVID-19 risk factors. If you wish to check for updates to this list on a regular basis you may do so here:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/traveladvice/coronavirus/general-covid-19-travel-advisory/.

Alternatively, you may call the Emergency Travel Advice Line at
+353 (0)1 613 1700.

Where will people stay for their mandatory quarantine?
The contract for the hotel quarantine system has been given to the Tifco Hotel Group, which owns the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express at Dublin Airport and the Travelodge Hotels at Dublin and Cork airports. The hotel group will provide accommodation and food for those who have to quarantine. People will be able to order and pay for alcoholic drinks with meals, but consumption will be limited. It may be possible to shorten the quarantine to 10 days if a Covid test comes back negative. Hotels will be assigned at random (passengers cannot choose); guests can only use the facilities in their room, everything else will be off limits except for carefully controlled smoking or exercise breaks.

How is a booking made and how much does it cost?
The Quarantine Hotels Ireland site (https://www.quarantinehotelsireland.ie/) is now live; a two-week stay will cost €1,875 for the first person, €625 for each subsequent person over the age of 12 who shares the room, and €360 for children aged 4 to 12 who also share the same room.

Process & Procedural details
• On arrival, passengers will be told to remain on the plane and will be met by the border management unit in a separate area of the airport. Once they have completed the necessary paperwork, they will then be brought by
officials to collect their bags before they are taken to their hotel.
• Under the new legislation, any arrival who fails to adhere to the rules will be fined as much as €4,000 and face a possible month in prison.
• Each hotel will make a range of health and wellbeing supports available to guests. The HSE will undertake testing for Covid-19 and a separate healthcare provider will undertake an assessment of each guest and develop appropriate care plans where needed at each facility. They will also conduct regular wellbeing check-ins.
• A designated safe and secure space for fresh-air breaks will be available at each hotel. These breaks should be booked in advance. The hotel will endeavour to accommodate guests at their preferred time. At the requested
time, a Security person will knock on the guest’s door and escort them to the designated area. Fresh-air breaks will only be permitted after the guest has received a negative Day 0 PCR test. PCR testing facilities will be available at each hotel.

Summary of Ireland’s Quarantine and Isolation requirements

Note: The mandatory hotel quarantine rules will also apply to any passenger who arrives in the State without the required negative PCR test for Covid-19. The day rate for those passengers is €150

Brief update on Travel Visas
Please note that the Irish government’s processing of Travel Visas for ALL visa requiring countries is still suspended. As updated to you last week, this situation will be reviewed again on May 5th, we are staying in very close contact with the relevant authorities and will issue any relevant updates on this situation as soon as we have some information to share.

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