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Mandatory hotel quarantine to end as all countries removed from list

All remaining countries have been removed from Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine list with immediate effect from today.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed the news, adding that the decision was based on the latest advice from Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan.

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The hotel quarantine system has been gradually scaled back over the past few months.

Stephen Donnelly said: “The Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) system was introduced as an exceptional public health measure at a time that our country was contending with the very serious risk of importation of variants of concern that had the potential to overwhelm our health service and, in particular, to undermine Ireland’s Covid-19 Vaccination programme.”

“At the peak of the system’s operation some 60 states were designated and the greatest number of persons in MHQ at one time reached 1,008 on 9 May 2021. The successful operation of MHQ has played a central role in protecting the population, maintaining control of the disease and enabling the safe relaxation of restrictions on our economy and society,” Donnelly continued.

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Despite the winding down of mandatory hotel quarantine, travellers must still abide by the current requirements.

The requirement to have a PCR test before entry, unless you have an effective Covid pass, as well as the home quarantine restrictions.

IMAGE – PA IMAGES/”Dublin Airport” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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