Exemptions from the requirement for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ)
News05 May 2021
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.