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Minister for Health announces update to list of designated States

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has announced his intention to add two additional States to the list of designated States. People who are not yet fully vaccinated* arriving to Ireland having been in or transited through these States in the previous 14 days must enter Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. 


The additional countries to be added to the list are: Georgia and Malaysia. 


Georgia and Malaysia will soon be included on the booking system for Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, with non-vaccinated passengers from these States entering quarantine starting from 04.00 on Wednesday, 04 August. More information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine is available at   


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


If you are travelling to Ireland from a non-designated State, you must fill out an electronic Passenger Locator Form before departure.

You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. More information is available on 


* What 'fully vaccinated' means


A full course of any one of the following vaccines

Regarded as fully vaccinated after

2 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)

7 days

2 doses of Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)

14 days

2 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days

1 dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

14 days


If you are fully vaccinated with one of the above approved vaccines, and have the documents to prove that, you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.

A full list of Designated states is available here.