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Hotel quarantine fees can be higher than airfare for travellers to Ireland via UAE! mandatory hotel quarantine from Friday

DUBLIN: The mandatory hotel quarantine law will come into force in Ireland from Friday.

Although the hotel quarantine directive applies to all travellers to Ireland, the law will initially apply only to visitors from 33 countries, including the UAE. The booking portal for the needy has been working since this morning.

Each passenger will have to pay €1,875 towards the hotel quarantine cost.

In addition to passengers from designated countries, these rules apply to any passenger arriving in the country who does not have the required negative PCR test for COVID-19.

The daily hotel quarantine rate for such travelers will be €150.

Tifco Hotel Group will provide hotel quarantine facilities for such passengers. The group will provide accommodation along with transportation, security, health and well-being services.

The Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel in Santry will be the first facility to welcome arriving passengers.

The health department said passengers would be transferred from the airport to hotels accompanied by Defence Forces.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the hotel team will provide daily care, including food. The health minister also said that the Defence Forces would not be involved in everyday security or care of passengers.

Earlier, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had said that as part of tightening the quarantine, armed guards would be deployed in hotels and a 14-day strict room quarantine would be ensured. He also said that the government planned to appoint private security guards to ensure that people strictly abide by the quarantine rules. But there will be no such steps in the new declaration.

The government last week signed an agreement with hotels as part of the implementation of the scheme. The agreement was reached with Tifco Hotel Group. They have 24 hotel properties. The group will provide 2550 hotel rooms for quarantine purposes. The hotels include the Crowne Plaza, and the Holiday Inn Express next to Dublin Airport, and Travelodge Hotels at both Dublin and Cork airports.

Many visitors to Ireland are from high-risk countries such as Brazil and South Africa. The Health Minister revealed that the mandatory quarantine law is being implemented to avoid risk of COVID-19 from them.

Currently, 33 countries, including Africa and South America, are on the Government’s Category 2 list of “high risk” countries.

The other countries on the list are: Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Austria, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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