The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has announced the removal of all remaining States from the list of States designated for the purposes of Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) with effect from Saturday 25 September 2021.

This decision is based on the latest advice received from the Chief Medical Officer.

The Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system has been scaled down progressively over recent months as the designation of a large number of states has been revoked.
These revocations have been in line with the government’s revised approach to international travel, the success of Ireland’s vaccine roll-out and the evolution of the pandemic internationally.

Notwithstanding the scaling down of the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system, travellers must still abide by the relevant travel regulations.

These include the need to:

  • have a pre-travel RT-PCR test unless the traveller has possession of proof of vaccination or recovery
  • complete home-based quarantine
  • fill out a Passenger Locator Form prior to the traveller’s arrival to Ireland

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David Cantrell

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Dublin, Ireland

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