The government has agreed to pay the costs of mandatory hotel quarantine for Irish students set to return from EU countries listed as so-called ‘category 2′ states.
Hundreds of students on Erasmus are due to return from countries which would require them to undergo 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel after Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg were added to the list last week.
The cost of quarantining, which is required by law, is almost €2,000 for the two-week stay and concerns had been raised about whether students could afford this.
However, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris confirmed last night that the State would cover the cost for returning Erasmus students following a consultation within his department.
A spokesperson for the Minister said further details about how this would happen will be provided in the coming days.