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Exemptions from the requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ)

The Minister for Health has signed regulations introducing exemptions from the requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ):

  • For passengers fully vaccinated with approved COVID-19 vaccines
  • For families travelling with new-born babies no more than 28 days old

However, all travellers have to have a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure and complete a period of self-quarantine at home, or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form. Further details can be found here.

Special arrangements for passengers fully vaccinated* with approved COVID-19 vaccines

Arrivals seeking to avail of this exemption must have documentary evidence of having received a full course of one of the following vaccines and have completed the final dose of that vaccine a sufficient period prior to travel to Ireland to be regarded as fully vaccinated.

Full course of any one of the following vaccines: 

Regarded as fully vaccinated* after:

Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®) 7 days
Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)  14 days
Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)  15 days
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)  14 days



 



 

 

For any queries regarding consular aspects of MHQ, you are advised to use both, the HQConsularDirectoranddeputys@dfa.ie and the ConsularTravelAdvice@dfa.ie address, to ensure your query receives due attention. Please refer to the government website for full details of the current arrangements. 

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