Kenya added to list of designated states for mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland

Kenya Airways Plane [Photo File}

Kenya has been added to the list of designated states for mandatory hotel quarantine in Ireland.

From April 15, passengers arriving in Ireland from Kenya will be required to have pre-booked hotel quarantine provisions before being allowed entry.

They will be required to pay at least €1,875 (£1,614) to stay at one of the 24 designated hotels.

“If you come into Ireland from a designated state, you must complete a minimum of 10 days of mandatory quarantine in a hotel. However, if you receive a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken on day 10, your period of quarantine may be completed at home,” the Irish embassy in Nairobi said in a statement.

The directive applies for those who have been in a designated state at any time in the 14 days before arriving in Ireland, as well as those who have travelled through an airport or port in a designated state.

One is also responsible for making their own way to their pre-booked designated quarantine hotel within four hours.

“If you come to Ireland from any country not deemed a designated state You must quarantine at home and may exit quarantine with a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test taken 5 days following your arrival at the earliest.”

Countries added to the list on Friday are: Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Armenia, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives, Ukraine.

Other countries already on the list include: Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Suriname, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The directive comes a week after the United Kingdom added Kenya to its ‘red list’.