(dpa) – Ireland on Thursday added 26 countries and territories to its mandatory hotel quarantine list as it attempts to mitigate the risk of new Covid-19 variants entering the country.
A travel advisory said that “all those intending to travel to Ireland from or via any of these countries/territories” arriving after 4am [0300 GMT] on Tuesday will be “required to book accommodation for mandatory hotel quarantine at least 48 hours in advance of travel,” a travel advisory said.
The 26 countries, which also include Israel, Albania and Monaco, join the “Category 2” list compiled by the Department of Health, which now totals 58 countries and territories. Mauritius has now been removed from that list.
“Any passenger who has been in any of these Category 2 countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility,” the travel advisory said.
The government has been advising against all non-essential international travel.
Plans to include the United States and fellow European Union members such as France, Italy and Germany were abandoned, at least temporarily, amid division among ministers, according to broadcaster RTE.
Ireland’s Tanaiste, or deputy premier, Leo Varadkar, told RTE’s Six One that the country was set to “add significantly more countries” to the list but adding EU members “needs more work.”
“There are real practical, political and legal issues here,” he said on Thursday.
Ireland has so far recorded over 236,000 cases of the new coronavirus and over 4,700 Covid-19-related deaths.