Dublin (Reuters)-The Irish government added 26 countries on Thursday to the list of states that must implement mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival due to the coronavirus, but it does not include other countries from the European Union or the United States.
According to a report in the Irish Independent, the chief medical officer has recommended that the government add 43 countries (including the United States, France, Germany, and Italy) that arrive in the United States to the list of jurisdictions that require 1
The Minister of Health and the Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a joint statement that “the decisions of other countries will be reviewed before the next government meeting”.
The states added on Thursday are: Albania, Andorra, Aruba, Bahrain, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Ethiopia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro , Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Serbia, Somalia, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
Ireland has some of the strictest travel restrictions on the European Union. Last week, following the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom quarantined people from countries deemed “high-risk” or who had not tested negative for COVID-19 to come to hotels.
Including newly added countries, there are 58 countries on the “designated countries” list, most of which are located in the Middle East, Africa, Central America and South America.
Austria is currently the only EU member on the list.
Arriving guests must be quarantined in hotel rooms for up to 14 days, or if they test negative for COVID-19, they can leave after 10 o’clock.
If you plan to arrive in Ireland after 4 a.m. on April 6, travelers from the newly joined state will have to book accommodation for mandatory hotel quarantine.
The Republic of Mauritius has been deleted from the list.
Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Diane Craft