Ireland has imposed mandatory hotel quarantine order for all travellers arriving from 33 countries, which have been categorised “high risk” for Covid-19 transmission.

The move, which has been made effective from 26 March 2021, pertains to passengers who arrive from any of the ‘higher risk country’ on the category 2 list, in addition to those who do not have a negative or not detected (RT-PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival.

These passengers are required to book and pay for a 14-day stay at the dedicated hotels located across Ireland.

However, passengers with a negative Covid-19 test are required to stay for 10 days at the hotels.

As part of the ‘mandatory hotel quarantine’ order, Tifco Hotel Group has been selected to transport passengers from their arrival point to their ‘quarantine hotels’.

While Tifco Hotel Group will provide security, the Irish Defence Forces will be responsible for the process and escorting the buses to the hotels.

Following a meeting scheduled next week, the Irish cabinet would discuss coronavirus restrictions in the country and impose possible changes after 5 April 2021, reported BBC News .

The 33 high risk countries currently included in Category 2 are Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, Zambia, Austria, Eswatini, Peru, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, French Guiana, South Africa, Botswana, Guyana, Rwanda, Brazil, Lesotho, Seychelles, Burundi, Malawi, Suriname, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Tanzania, Chile, Mozambique, UAE, Colombia, Namibia and Uruguay.

Recently, Northern Ireland announced plans for “managed isolation”.