MANDATORY HOTEL quarantine will come into effect in Ireland on Friday, the government has confirmed.
From Friday, all travellers into Ireland from a selected 33 countries must quarantine at selected hotels from the moment they arrive into the country, and will be transported from the airport to hotel via specialised transport overseen by the Defence Forces.
The Tifco Hotel Group, who own hotels such as theCrowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel in Santry, has been designated as the service provider.
Bookings for the mandatory quarantine will be going live this morning via this website and will cost €1,875 per adult for 12 nights, or €625 for children over the age of 12 and €360 for children aged 4-12, The Irish Times reports.
Travellers must book and prepay for their quarantine before arriving in Ireland, and the measures affect anyone coming from these high-risk countries or who have been in the countries within 14 days of their arrival into Ireland.
Travellers from 33 countries designated as 'high risk' must take part in the hotel quarantine, as well as travellers from any country who do not provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival into Ireland, who will be charged a rate of €150 per day.
As of now, the 33 countries which are on the mandatory quarantine list are Angola, Austria, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equador, French Guinea, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Suriname, South Africa, Seychelles, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
However the government has confirmed that this list is subject to change, with more countries expected to be added in the coming weeks and months.
Opposition parties have called for mandatory hotel quarantine for all passengers arriving into Ireland regardless of their country of origin.