Mandatory hotel quarantine for some arriving passengers.

Dublin, Ireland, March 23rd, 2021. The Irish Government has announced that from 4am on Friday March 26th mandatory hotel quarantine will come into effect for passengers whose journeys originated in the following 33 countries: Angola, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela. The government has 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.

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 from ALL visa requiring countries is still suspended. No update on this situation is currently available however we are staying in very close contact with the relevant authorities and will issue an update on this situation as soon as we have some information to share.

Useful links and information resources

For further information
Frank Morley frank.morley@corporatecare.ie +353 87 654 0179
Niamh Bablena niamh.bablena@corporatecare.ie +353 86 859 7855
Brian Kelly brian.kelly@corporatecare.ie +353 87 681 1441