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Under lock and key Mandatory hotel quarantine signed into law by President Higgins

This new legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine will see passengers travelling into the country from ‘high-risk’ countries, or without a negative PCR test, having to undergo quarantine in a facility.

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Legislation to bring in mandatory hotel quarantine signed into law by President Michael D Higgins

Legislation to bring in mandatory hotel quarantine signed into law by President Michael D Higgins

Legislation to bring in mandatory hotel quarantine signed into law by President Michael D Higgins

Legislation to bring in mandatory hotel quarantine for certain passengers entering Ireland has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

It was announced today by the President that it has been signed into law after the Health (Amendment) Bill 2021 was brought forward to the Dáil by the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly last month.

This new legislation on mandatory hotel quarantine will see passengers travelling into the country from ‘high-risk’ countries, or without a negative PCR test, having to undergo quarantine in a facility.

Minister Donnelly announced today that now the bill has become law the next step in the process is to finalise and sign a contract with a service provider, which he said he anticipates “will happen shortly”.

“The Health (Amendment) Act 2021 is another important element of Ireland’s defence against Covid-19 and I welcome today’s news that it has become law,” he said.

"The operationalisation of designated quarantine facilities is being advanced on a cross-departmental basis as a matter of priority.

"The next step in this process is to finalise and sign a contract with a service provider. I anticipate this will happen shortly.”

High-risk countries currently include Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Seychelles, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe

However, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said any country in the world can be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list.

Currently, passengers who arrive from any destination must quarantine for 14 days at the address specified on their Passenger Locator Form, with penalties for non-compliance.

These penalties are a fine of up to €2,500 or six months in prison, or both.

This does not apply after five days if a negative PCR test is provided.

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