Kenya has been added to the list of countries for compulsory hotel quarantine in Ireland.
Starting 5th April at 4 am, all passengers travelling from Kenya to Ireland must have pre-booked mandatory hotel quarantine.
All passengers will be required to complete two weeks. This includes anyone who has travelled through an airport or has been in a designated country at any time in the 14 days before arriving in Ireland.
According to protocols, upon arrival into Ireland, after immigration and customs processing, one will be met by members of the Defence Forces. They will ensure you are safely and securely transported to the location of your mandatory hotel quarantine.
The Irish Defence Forces will be onsite 24/7 at the facility coordinating with the hotel staff to ensure a secure and relaxed experience.
A COVID-19 PCR test will be taken on the tenth day in quarantine. The quarantine period may be reduced for passengers who receive a ‘not detected’ result. However, it may be prolonged if a passenger tests positive during their stay.
The cost of testing for coronavirus is included in the mandatory hotel quarantine fee structure.
A letter of completion is later offered then an individual is free to leave the hotel facility. If an individual leaves the facility without authorization, it will be considered a criminal offence.
The offence is accountable for a fine of up to £ 2,000, imprisonment for a month or both.
In line with The Health (Amendment) Act 2021, some groups for instance a member of Defence Forces or their equivalents from another state, airline pilots, aircrew and maritime crew who arrive in the state in the case of performing duties will be exempted from the mandatory hotel quarantine.
By Everlyne Bosibori