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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 21 July 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Questions (572)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

572. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of overseas passengers arriving here; the level of compliance in filling out the passenger locator form; the number of forms that were correctly completed; the number of follow-up calls made to passengers; the number of successful follow-up calls completed in each of the past eight weeks in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16541/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

On the 28 April 2020, my Department agreed to undertake, on behalf of the health authorities, the collection of public health passenger locator forms on a temporary administrative basis. The Border Management Unit (BMU) operate the scheme at Dublin Airport, which is the principal route through which people enter the State by air. While the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) manage the compliance for the other ports, the passenger locator forms are forwarded to the BMU in Dublin Airport, who also carry out the follow-up calls for those ports.

The following tables detail the compliance rate for the period 28 April – 30 June 2020.

Dublin Airport

Passenger Arrivals

28.4.20 - 30.6.20

Forms Received

41,949

Exempt from Follow-UpThis includes passengers

-Transiting to NI

- In the State for less than 2 days- Completing forms unnecessarily

11,695

Number of Call 1 Made (2 days after Arrival)

28,544

Calls Answered

18,246

% Answered

64%

Passenger Arrivals

28.04.20 - 19.06.20

Number of Call 2 Made(12 days after Arrival)

16,295

Calls Answered

8,649

% Answered

53%

Dublin Port

Passenger Arrivals

28.4.20 - 30.6.20

Forms Received

19,338

Exempt from Follow-UpThis includes passengers- Transiting to NI- In the State for less than 2 days- Completing forms unnecessarily

12,082

Number of Calls Made

6,645

Calls Answered

3,283

% Answered

49%

Rosslare Port

Passenger Arrivals

28.4.20 - 23.6.20

Forms Received

4,584

Exempt from Follow-UpThis includes passengers- Transiting to NI- In the State for less than 2 days- Completing forms unnecessarily

2,637

Number of Calls Made

1,889

Calls Answered

999

% Answered

53%

Cork Airport

Passenger Arrivals

28.4.20 - 25.6.20

Forms Received

1,676

Exempt from Follow-UpThis includes passengers- Transiting to NI- In the State for less than 2 days- Completing forms unnecessarily

315

Number of Calls Made

1,359

Calls Answered

720

% Answered

53%

Since 1 July 2020, given the increase in passenger numbers, the BMU is required to concentrate on their core immigration duties and my Department awaits handover of this follow-up process to the Department of Health.

The BMU now rely on the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) arrivals figures as an indication of the number of passenger locator forms collected by the BMU officers less the exempt categories. Therefore, the statistics below for the period 01 July 2020 – 15 July 2020 show the sample of calls made whilst transfer of the follow-up action to the Department of Health is outstanding. It should be noted that the statistics below are for Dublin Airport only. However, follow-up calls are also being progressed for the other ports of entry.

Dublin Airport

01.07.20 - 15.07.20

DAA Arrival Figure

61,844

Sample Taken

6,195

Exempt from Follow-upThis includes passengers- Transiting to NI- In the State for less than 2 days- Completing forms unnecessarily

1,974

Calls Made

4,121

Calls Answered

2,129

% Answered

52%

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