Passengers are escorted in to a quarantine hotel in Santry, Dublin, after arriving in Dublin Airport from a designated ‘hot’ country.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said more EU countries will be added to the list of countries on the mandatory hotel quarantine list.
Mr Coveney said the Government is looking at issues that are undoubtedly going to flow from that, such as capacity and potential legal issues.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said various Government departments have been working to address the necessary capacity and systems issues before it “dramatically increases” the list.
He said such discussions would conclude this week.
Govt looking at extending mandatory quarantine list (RTÉ)
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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that Mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland will come into effect this Friday.
The cost for an incoming passenger coming from one of 33 designated states is €1,875 for 12 nights.
The rules will also apply to any passenger who arrives into the State without the required negative PCR test for Covid-19.
The day rate for those passengers will be
The service provider – Tifco Hotel Group – will provide full board accommodation, along with transportation, security, health and well-being services.
The first facility that will be available to receive arriving passengers is the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel in Santry (top).
However, the Tifco Hotel Group has committed to making as many rooms available as required.
The Department of Health said that when it comes to transportation,
the Defence Forces will oversee the process, but members will escort the bus rather than drive it.
Mandatory hotel quarantine comes into effect on Friday (RTÉ)
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The Government’s plan to use hotels for the mandatory quarantining of some international arrivals could face delays.
It is understood the Cabinet heard this morning that primary legislation will be needed to establish the system.
The Government said it is now working to promptly draft this legislation.
Hotel quarantine plans may face delay over legislation (RTÉ)