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Canada, France, Italy and the United States are among the 16 countries Ireland will add to its list of “Category 2” locations that are subject to a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. The change will take effect from April 15.
Additional Information: Individuals traveling from a “Category 2” country or territory will met by members of the Defence Forces upon arriving in Ireland to ensure that they are safely and securely transported to the location where they will complete their pre-booked quarantine. Travelers will receive a letter at the end the 14 days confirming that they have completed their quarantine. If affected travelers do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory hotel quarantine, they are committing an offense and may face penalties, including fines of up to €2,000, a prison sentence of up to one month, or both.
Exemptions to the mandatory hotel quarantine include:
Analysis & Comments: The Irish government has made this recommendation, which is line with other countries, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is important to note that the list of designated states will be subject to change at short notice and passengers are required to check the list before traveling to Ireland, to be sure of their obligations.
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