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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 30 June 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Questions (510)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

510. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Health when non-essential travel to France will be permitted by which travellers will not have to quarantine on their return. [13360/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the number of indigenous cases here declines and Ireland eases restrictions, the relative importance of the risk of importation of cases from overseas increases.    

The public health advice for passengers arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation is not a legal requirement of persons entering the State from overseas. Since 28 May it is a legal requirement for passengers arriving from overseas to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. The information on the form may be used to assist our contact tracing teams.   

From 9 July it is intended that there will be a gradual opening up of international travel, through a Roadmap for Safe Overseas Access, as announced by the Government. It is intended that reciprocal travel arrangements (air bridges) will be established with a number of countries with broadly comparable epidemiological situations to Ireland’s, based on an agreed EU method for comparing countries.

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