People going on holidays face €500 fine from today 10 months ago

People going on holidays face €500 fine from today

New regulations come into effect from today.

People attempting to travel to a port or an airport to leave Ireland without a reasonable excuse will face fines of €500 under new regulations that come into effect from today (1 February).

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These measures were agreed by the government last Tuesday and were signed by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Friday night.

Under the new regulations, an increased fine of €500 will apply to people caught travelling to a port or airport to leave the State without having an essential reason to do so.

In addition, new measures on mandatory quarantine for arrivals into Ireland are also set to be completed this week.

A spokesman for Stephen Donnelly confirmed to the Irish Times at the weekend that work on the new measures was continuing and had almost been finalised, saying: "Work on other regulations around mandatory quarantine and the operation of same is continuing and should be completed in the coming days."

Mandatory quarantine will be at a designated facility for passengers who cannot provide a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test.

The quarantine rules will also apply to people travelling from countries such as Brazil and South Africa due to new variants of the virus there.