Mandatory hotel quarantine


Ireland is currently at the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions. You should not travel to Ireland unless you have an essential reason for your travel.

Mandatory hotel quarantining has been introduced for some travellers arriving into Ireland to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Who has to quarantine in a hotel?

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

  • From a higher risk country on the ‘designated country’ list – see list below
  • From any country if you do not have a negative or not detected PCR test taken within 72 hours

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.

Other people travelling into Ireland need to quarantine in their home or place of residence while in Ireland.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, you must still quarantine.

Countries on the 'category 2' 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. Countries on this list are called designated countries.

High risk designated countries
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya*
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh*
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Maldives*
  • Oman
  • Pakistan*
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Armenia*
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium*
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina*
  • France*
  • Italy*
  • Kosovo
  • Luxembourg*
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Turkey*
  • Ukraine*
South America
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Curaçao*
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
North America
  • Bermuda*
  • Canada*
  • Puerto Rico
  • United States*
Oceania Wallis and Futuna

*From 4am 15 April 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 and are still symptomatic at the end of the 14-day period. You may leave after 10 days if you get a negative PCR test. You will get a letter of completion at the end of your quarantine period.

If you come to Ireland without a negative or not detected PCR test, you must complete mandatory quarantine in a hotel until a not detected result from a COVID-19 PCR test is returned.

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

How does hotel quarantining work?

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).

How much does hotel quarantine cost?

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

If you are an Irish citizen or resident abroad, and need advice and assistance, you can contact your nearest embassy or consulate.

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

Is anyone exempt from hotel quarantining?

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

The 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

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: 14 April 2021