15:39 Saturday, 10 April 2021
The changes come into place next Thursday 15th.
Passengers arriving from another 16 countries will have to stay in mandatory quarantine hotels.
The cabinet agreed to add countries including the US, Canada, France, Italy and Belgium to the list last night.
From next Thursday, passengers arriving from those countries will have to stay in a designated hotel for two weeks.
Albania, Israel and St Lucia have been removed and are no longer deemed high-risk.
The European Affairs Minister said there could be more changes to the mandatory hotel quarantine list over the coming weeks.
Minister Thomas Byrne said the list will be kept under constant review.
“As the concerning variants cease to become a concern, and we’ve more confidence in vaccines, you’ll see the list changing,” he said.
Meanwhile, the High Court will hold an inquiry to establish if the detention of a woman in hotel quarantine is lawful.
Inbar Aviezer is taking a case against the State claiming she’s being unlawfully held at one of the facilities after arriving on a flight from Israel.
Her lawyers say she is fully vaccinated and has provided two negative Covid-19 tests.
They argue she is being held unlawfully under Art 40 of the Constitution.
Both sides will make their submissions tomorrow and will be heard by the President of the High Court on Monday.