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First travellers arrive at quarantine lodge – with one showing to withstand safety’s escort efforts

The first travelers for Ireland’s mandatory quarantine regime arrived at their hotel this afternoon and one appeared to be resisting security efforts to be shown to the hotel.

Raveller from Dublin Airport were taken to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry in two separate groups and arrived at the hotel just an hour after their flight landed.

A woman who claimed to be Irish initially appeared to oppose security forces’ efforts to be taken to the hotel.

The woman appeared to have refused to get off the bus for a few minutes and had to be taken to the house.

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A traveler enters the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry near Dublin Airport. Photo: Brian Lawless / PA Wire

A traveler enters the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry near Dublin Airport. Photo: Brian Lawless / PA Wire

The first bus arrived at the hotel around 12:35 p.m., just an hour after a flight from Dubai landed on Irish soil.

The three passengers on the first bus, a man and two women, arrived at the hotel on a bus run by the armed forces.

Shortly afterwards, a second bus arrived, which was also accompanied and carried a total of 17 passengers, including two families.

The defense forces were standing at the entrance of the hotel when the passengers disembarked the bus.

Hotel security was also in place to ensure that passengers arrived at the hotel safely.

The travelers have to spend 12 nights in the quarantine hotel.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is the premier facility for travelers entering the country.

Passengers flew from Dubai to Dublin Airport at 11:25 am.

Guests are supervised by a private security guard during their stay and are allowed to go outside to take a breath and play sports if they present a negative PCR test.

The mandatory quarantine applies to all passengers traveling from or crossing designated high-risk countries regardless of their nationality, as well as passengers arriving from a location that has not received a negative RT-PCR test, 72 hours prior to their arrival in Ireland was carried out.

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A member of the Defense Forces instructs a passenger arriving at Dublin Airport from any of 33 high risk countries and being placed in a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine. Photo: Brian Lawless / PA Wire

A member of the Defense Forces instructs a passenger arriving at Dublin Airport from any of 33 high risk countries and being placed in a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine. Photo: Brian Lawless / PA Wire

However, once these passengers get a negative PCR test, they can quarantine at home.

Travelers are expected to pay for their quarantine service. According to the portal, which went online during the week, the price for a standard package of 12 nights including all services for an adult is € 1875.

The additional price for an adult or a child over 12 is € 625 and the additional price for a child aged 4 to 12 is € 360. Infants under 3 years are free.

The daily rate for those entering the country from undesignated states without a negative PCR test starts at € 150.

Minister Donnelly confirmed this week that it is a criminal offense for people to leave the hotel before their quarantine officially ends.

“It is a criminal offense to leave. So the hotel operator would turn to the Gardaí and intervene,” he said.

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