Travelers arriving in Ireland from the countries will no longer have to quarantine themselves for 14 days in a hotel.
No other country has been added to the list.
The move comes after the European Commission said it was in discussions with Irish authorities about lifting its quarantine measures for travelers from EU countries.
Didier Reynders, EU justice commissioner, said the Commission was “closely monitoring” the state’s quarantine rules.
Last month, the Commission wrote a letter to the government asking it to define the criteria used to determine which countries are on the quarantine list.
A Commission spokesperson expressed concern about the “proportionality and non-discrimination” of the system.
As regards the quarantine rules in en hotels, the Commission is closely monitoring the situation. We have requested and received information on the criteria on which these measures are based. We are currently in discussions with the authorities 🇮🇪 to see how the lifting of the measures can be facilitated.
– Didier Reynders (@dreynders) May 28, 2021
“We have requested and received information on the criteria on which these measures are based.
“We are currently in talks with the authorities to see how the lifting of the measures can be facilitated.”
On Thursday, the Dáil debated the extension of the mandatory quarantine system in hotels.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is looking to extend the system, which is due to expire on June 8, until the end of July.
The mandatory quarantine of hotels has been operational since March 26.
Mr Donnelly said the number of Covid-19 variants has declined since then.
He told Dáil the system was working, adding that Ireland had the most restrictive quarantine system.
As of May 25, a total of 4,400 people had entered mandatory quarantine in hotels.
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Of these, 173 cases of Covid-19 have been detected, including 163 residents, nine staff and one unaccompanied minor.
Among these cases, 59 worrying variants were detected.
Mr Donnelly said he included 47 cases of the UK variant and 12 cases of the South African variant.
A vote on extending the mandatory quarantine of hotels is due to take place next Wednesday.