Mandatory hotel quarantine


Mandatory hotel quarantining was a requirement for some travellers arriving into Ireland to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

It ended on 25 September 2021.

Who had to quarantine in a hotel?

Note: Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required from 25 September 2021.

You must quarantine in a hotel if you arrive into Ireland:

  • From a country on the ‘designated country’ list, unless you are exempt (see ‘Is anyone exempt from hotel quarantining?’ below)
  • From any other country if you do not have proof that you are fully vaccinated, or that you have recovered from COVID-19, and you do not have a negative or not detected RT- PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival.

You also have to quarantine in a hotel if you transited through a designated country in the 14 days before your arrival, even if you did not leave the port or airport.

Countries on the 'designated country' list are identified as high risk countries because a COVID-19 variant of concern is circulating. The arrival of people to Ireland from these countries is a significant public health risk. This list may change at short notice.

Designated countries
Africa None
Asia None
Europe None
South America None
North America


Oceania None

How long do I have to quarantine for?

Note: Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required from 25 September 2021.

You must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility – generally called a quarantine hotel.

This period can be extended if you test positive for COVID-19 and are still symptomatic at the end of the 14-day period.

You will get a RT- PCR test on day 1 and day 10 of your quarantine period.

You can leave hotel quarantine early if you arrived from a non- designated country and:

  • You get a ‘Day 1’ negative PCR test result, usually within 2 to 3 days
  • You get a ‘Day 10’ negative PCR test result
  • You get a ‘Day 1’ or ‘Day 10’ positive PCR test result but a GP decides you can quarantine at home

If you arrive from a designated country, you must quarantine in the hotel for a full 14 days. This may be ended early if your ‘Day 10’ RT-PCR test result is negative.

You will get a letter of completion at the end of your quarantine period.

You are then free to leave the mandatory hotel quarantine facility.

Was anyone exempt from hotel quarantining?

Note: Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required from 25 September 2021.

You do not have to complete mandatory quarantine in some situations.

Fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19

If you have been fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine), or you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months, and you have the official documents to prove this, you do not have to quarantine at a designated hotel. This also applies to dependents who are travelling with you, including:

  • Children under 18
  • Adults who have a mental or physical disability to such an extent that they cannot look after themselves fully

You still must have a negative pre-departure PCR test if you have arrived from a designated country. Children aged 11 and under do not need to have a negative PCR test.

You also need to self-quarantine (also called home quarantine) if you arrive from a designated country. You can finish your home quarantine if you get a negative or not detected RT-PCR test result taken from day 5 onwards after you arrive in Ireland.

Spouses and partners of fully vaccinated people are not exempt from hotel quarantine, unless they are dependents because of a physical or mental disability.

Essential medical travel

If you have travelled abroad for unavoidable, imperative and time-sensitive medical reasons, you do not have to quarantine at a hotel when you return to Ireland. You must have a certificate from your doctor. Cosmetic procedures, for example, are very unlikely to meet this standard. However, you can, after entering mandatory hotel quarantine, request a review of your quarantine on grounds of your medical needs. Further information is available on

This exemption also applies to:

  • Carers, children or other dependants who are travelling with you
  • Parents or siblings of a child who has travelled abroad for medical reasons

Unaccompanied children

Unaccompanied children under 18 who arrive into Ireland from a designated country are not allowed to quarantine in a hotel alone.

They must either:

  • Have an adult guardian enter the hotel quarantine with them
  • Quarantine at home or in a boarding school - their guardian must sign a written agreement that the child will keep to quarantine rules at home or in a boarding school
  • Quarantine at facilities provided by Túsla, where they require state care

Other exemptions

Other exceptions are:

  • People travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons
  • People arriving who have a mandatory legal obligation, for example, an arrest warrant or an extradition order
  • Gardaí or defence forces carrying out their duties
  • Diplomats or elected representatives carrying out essential functions
  • International transport workers who hold Annex 3 certificate and are carrying out their duties as drivers of a heavy goods vehicle
  • Airline pilots or aircrew, maritime master or maritime crew carrying out their duties
  • Members of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) or the European Parliament carrying out their duties
  • People who have travelled in circumstances where it was impossible for you to secure a RT-PCR test result before travelling and you are in possession of written confirmation from the Minister for Foreign Affairs that you have an urgent humanitarian reason for so travelling

Additional exemptions are:

  • Transit passengers who do not leave the port or airport before leaving the State
  • People travelling to the State to compete in a Sports Ireland certified sports event
  • A child who was not born in the State and has never previously been in Ireland, travelling for the purpose of becoming ordinarily resident in Ireland (and any adult resident and dependant person accompanying that child)
  • People travelling to Ireland to provide essential services which have been certified by a state body

How did hotel quarantining work?

Note: Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required from 25 September 2021.

You need to pre-book and pre-pay your hotel quarantine stay before your arrival. Tifco Hotel Group is the service provider.

You can make your booking on

Meals are provided and delivered to your hotel room door.

Transport from the airport or port to the hotel is provided by the Tifco hotel group. The Irish Defence Forces oversees this process.

During your period of quarantine, you must stay in your room except for pre-arranged short fresh air breaks outdoors. You must book these breaks and you will be escorted by a hotel security employee.

These rules are set out in Irish law and you will commit an offence if you do not follow these laws. You can be fined up to €2,000 or get a prison sentence of up to 1 month, or both. The Irish police, An Garda Síochána, will enforce compliance.

You can get more information on hotel bookings and your hotel stay from and in the Guide to completing Mandatory Hotel Quarantine in Ireland (pdf).

The mandatory hotel quarantine information line is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Please on +353 1 613 1744.

How much did hotel quarantine cost?

Note: Mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer required from 25 September 2021.

You must pre- pay for your stay in your designated quarantine hotel.

If you are unable to pay, a deferral of charges can be provided by Irish embassies and consulates. This is available in exceptional or hardship circumstances. You should contact your nearest embassy or consulate. An exemption from charges may be sought after you arrive in Ireland from the Minister for Health on financial grounds.

For Erasmus + students who are due to come back to Ireland: You should contact your home institution (the college you are attending in Ireland). The home institution can book your place in the quarantine hotel. You will not be charged for your hotel stay.

Cost for hotel stay per traveller.

Rate (for standard package of 12 nights inclusive of all services) Day rate (for people entering Ireland from non-designated States with no pre-departure PCR Test)
Rate for 1 adult in 1 room €1875 €150
Additional rate for 1 adult sharing (or child over 12) €625 €55
Additional rate for a child sharing aged 4-12 €360 €30
Rate for infant (0-3) €0 €0

In some situations, you may be entitled to a refund. You can find out more on

Appeals against hotel quarantine

You can request a review of your quarantine from an independent appeals officer if you believe you should be exempt from hotel quarantine. You should contact the State Liaison Officer (SLO) in the hotel. The SLO is a member of the Defence Forces. An SLO is stationed at the hotel 24 hours a day. You should get a decision on your appeal within 24 hours.

If you have humanitarian reasons why you believe you should not have to quarantine in a hotel, you can make an appeal.

You cannot lodge an appeal before you arrive in Ireland.

Page edited: 25 September 2021