The Irish Government adds 26 countries, including the Philippines to their list of countries that are subjected to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine upon their arrival in Ireland, though the European Union and the United States were not included in the list of additional countries.
The Irish Independent newspaper said in a report that the Chief Medical Officer advised the Government to add 43 other countries, this includes the United States, France, Germany, and Italy, to the list of countries mandated to undergo a 12-day hotel quarantine upon their arrival.
The Minister for Health and the Minister for Foreign Affairs said in a joint statement that, this decision is in regards to the next Government meeting, that they will consider additional states in advance.
This Thursday, the states added to the list including the Philippines are Albania, Andorra, Aruba, Bahrain, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Ethiopia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Serbia, Somalia and Wallis, and Futuna Islands.
One of the strictest implementations of travel restrictions is Ireland in the entire European Union, followed by England last week, where hotel quarantine is mandatory for arrivals coming from countries that were deemed a "high risk" or those without any COVID-19 testing.
Currently, there are now 58 countries, including the new addition on Ireland's list of "designated States". Most of the states in the list are from the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America. On the other hand, Austria is the only country to be included that is part of the European Union.
New arrivals in Ireland must undergo quarantine for up to 14 days in a hotel room. Though they are allowed to leave after ten days, should their COVID-19 test are negative.
All travelers from the updated list will have to book accommodation for hotel quarantine if they are to arrive in Ireland on April 6 after 4 am.