Two countries added to hotel quarantine list as Italy and 10 others removed

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane says he would like antigen tests used for flights between Ireland and Britain.
Two countries added to hotel quarantine list as Italy and 10 others removed

Members of the Defence Forces escort passengers from a flight to a bus for mandatory quarantine at Dublin Airport. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The health minister has announced that two more countries have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list.

It means passengers on direct flights from Nepal and Anguilla, or who have travelled through these countries in the last two weeks, will have to stay in a hotel for 14 days in isolation when they arrive in Ireland.

Stephen Donnelly says the decision to add them to the "high risk" travel list was made following advice from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.

Passengers arriving into the country from these two states are being warned this new rule comes into effect after 4am on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Italy, Austria and Ukraine join eight other countries that have been taken off the list from today including:

  • Armenia, 
  • Aruba, 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
  • Curaçao, 
  • Jordan, 
  • Kosovo, 
  • Lebanon, 
  • North Macedonia

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane says he would like antigen tests used for flights between Ireland and Britain.

Mr Cullinane told Newstalk: "I certainly would like to see antigen test, rapid antigen test, now form part of studies being done as well in relation to travel.

'We certainly have supported a call by Oireachtas transport committee on the Ireland to London routes, in terms of air travel, that we would now see how antigen testing would work, and maybe that can be the start of on doing some of the mandatory hotel quarantine and time."

The Department of Health is reminding passengers arriving into Ireland must have a negative pre-departure test and those from countries not on the high-risk list must observe quarantine at their place of residence.

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