Ireland scraps mandatory hotel

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Ireland scraps mandatory hotel-managed quarantine for all visitors

It is no longer necessary for travellers to fork out thousands of euros for state-managed hotel quarantines when travelling to Ireland.

Ireland scraps mandatory hotel

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Last month Ireland lifted the entry ban on fully vaccinated South African nationals but still required non-vaccinated visitors to undergo costly hotel-managed quarantine arrangements.      

Over the weekend the Republic of Ireland decided to totally scrap its costly hotel-managed quarantines for international visitors. The reason cited is that there is no longer a need for it.


The epidemiological situation in countries spurred Irish authorities to impose entry bans and to apply other preventive measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus and other variants throughout Ireland.

Travellers from countries with high COVID-19 infection rates were forced to complete 12-night isolation stays at selected hotels in Ireland.  

The 12-night quarantine stays cost travellers € 1875 (R 33 000) per person. International visitors were able to end their self-isolation on the tenth day if they tested negative for COVID-19.


Irish Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly said that the quarantine requirement has been reduced progressively in recent months, according to SchengenVisaInfo

The mandatory hotel quarantine 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,” Donnelly said, as quoted in SchengenVisaInfo.

SchengenVisaInfo reports that 383 218 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Ireland since the start of the pandemic, while 5 209 people have died in that country.

“The successful operation of mandatory hotel quarantine 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 said.


Travellers that arrive in Ireland without proof of vaccination or a recent Covid-19 test will be told to self-isolate. Ireland said hotel quarantine was a necessary measure during an extraordinary time but was no longer required.

Ireland still requires unvaccinated travellers from outside the European Union and European Economic Area to present a PCR test on arrival in Ireland. These travellers will be required to complete two weeks of self-arranged self-isolation.