Department of Health of Ireland

07/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2021 15:55

Minister for Health confirms he has designated one State and revoked the designation of 34

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has announced his intention to add one additional State to the list of designated States. People arriving to Ireland having been in or transited through these States in the previous 14 days must enter Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.

The additional country to be added to the list is: Cuba.

Cuba will soon be included on the booking system for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, with passengers from Cuba entering quarantine starting from 04.00 on Tuesday, 20 July. More information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is available at

The Minister has also today removed 34 States from the list of designated States for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine with effect from today.

The States are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bahrain
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • The Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia

The government has announced revised travel policies to take effect from 19 July in keeping with the EU Digital COVID Certificate. People who travel to Ireland, having been in or transited through a designated State within 14 days of arrival, continue to be required to quarantine at Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, unless exempt.

Anyone travelling to Ireland should check the latest information relating to their country of origin on