More EU countries to be added to Ireland’s mandatory quarantine list

By | April 7, 2021

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has indicated that passengers flying into Ireland from France, Italy and Germany would have to adhere to mandatory hotel quarantine, as countries added to list.

More EU countries are to be added to the list of countries that require mandatory hotel quarantine, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has confirmed.

Minister Ryan has indicated that passengers flying into Ireland from France, Italy and Germany would have to adhere to mandatory hotel quarantine.

Austria is currently the only EU country on the category 2 travel list that requires people flying into Ireland to stay at State facilities.

There has been tension between the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs in recent days over adding EU countries to the list.

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Minister Ryan said: “I’d expect a decision on this would be approved by Cabinet next Tuesday and it’ll probably take us a number of days after that to implement whatever measures but that’s the timeline I expect.”

When asked by the Irish Mirror would there be additional EU countries added, Mr Ryan said yes.

He said: “I expect the health advice in what we see in the daily numbers that the rate of incidence [in other countries] is very high and the concern about variants is very significant so we will heed that advice.

“That will continue to change so the systems and mechanisms we have out in place will continue to evolve.”

On students returning from Erasmus having to go into mandatory hotel quarantine, Minister Simon Harris said “the virus doesn’t care whether you were abroad because you were a student or not a student and the reason we have mandatory hotel quarantine in place is to prevent new variants coming into the country.”

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Minister Harris said Cabinet will next week tease out the legislation surrounding hotel quarantine and questions that have arisen.

Currently, fully vaccinated people flying into Ireland from a country on the travel list have to go into quarantine.

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All the while, two fully vaccinated people in Ireland are now allowed to meet up indoors.

Mr Harris said: “It’s perfectly legitimate that we would ask, is it possible to shorten the length of mandatory hotel quarantine if there are multiple negative tests?

“Is it possible to beef up or increase mandatory home quarantine – is that possible? I don’t know but it’s worth looking at.

“And thirdly, if you’re travelling to Ireland and you’ve been fully vaccinated from Covid and maybe a certain period of time has elapsed, presumably you pose less of a risk in terms of spreading the virus than somebody in Ireland who hasn’t been vaccinated – these are a number of the issues we are teasing through.”

–Ciara Phelan 

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