People arriving into Ireland from Albania, Israel and St. Lucia will no longer have to enter mandatory hotel quarantine.
Minister Stephen Donnelly made the change on the advice of the Acting Chief Medical Officer who in turn is supported by an Expert Advisory Group on Travel.
A statement from the Department of Heath said: "Having regard to the substantially improved epidemiological situation in the states concerned, arrangements have been made on an exceptional basis for the small number of persons who have arrived in Ireland from any of these three states in recent days, and who have not been in any other designated state in the 14 days before their arrival in Ireland, to be permitted to leave mandatory hotel quarantine as soon as they wish.
"The legal requirement for such travellers to quarantine at home for 14 days, unless he or she has obtained a 'not detected' PCR test on Day 5 or later after arrival in Ireland remains.
Minister Donnelly said: “Ireland’s system of mandatory hotel quarantine is a key element in the protection of public health, especially during the present critical period for our Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The additional countries and territories which the Minister intends to add to the list are: Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Turkey, the USA, Canada, Armenia, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives, Ukraine.