Mandatory hotel quarantining (MHQ) was a requirement for some travellers arriving into Ireland to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. It was in place until 25 September 2021.
On 30 November 2021 the Government announced that it will introduce legislation to reintroduce MHQ. The details of the legislation will be added to this page when they are announced.
Who had to quarantine in a hotel?
You quarantined in a hotel if you arrived into Ireland:
- From a country on the ‘designated country’ list, unless you were exempt
- 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 had 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 were identified as high risk countries because a COVID-19 variant of concern is circulating. The arrival of people to Ireland from these countries was considered a significant public health risk.