Ireland (30 September 2021) – All States removed from the list of designated States for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine


What are the changes? The government has announced the removal of all remaining states from the list of designated states that were subject to the mandatory Hotel Quarantine requirements. Therefore meaning that all travelers, regardless of their location, coming into Ireland will no longer have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.

Key points for hotel quarantine restrictions:

  • Implementation time frame: From 25 September 2021
  • Who is affected: Individuals travelling into Ireland from countries previously listed on the designated ‘category 2 list’. This refers to travellers who have been in or to a ’high risk’ country in the last 14 days before entry to Ireland, including transit travel through these countries.
  • Next steps: All travellers, regardless of their location, travelling to Ireland will no longer have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine. Employers will no longer need to advise on mandatory hotel quarantine requirements. However, there are still travel regulations in place which must be abided to.
  • These include the need to:
    • Have a pre-travel RT-PCR test unless you have possession of proof of vaccination or recovery
    • Complete home-based quarantine
    • Fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to your arrival to Ireland

Analysis & Comments: The Irish government has made this recommendation, which is line with other countries, based on the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

The removal of the mandatory hotel quarantine requirement is welcome news that will make international travel easier for those coming to Ireland. It also reduces costs for such travellers and/or employers who no longer need to pay the mandatory hotel fees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your designated Deloitte contact. Impacted employees will be kept informed of any changes.

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