Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (555)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

555. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health if he received advice from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC, or any other European Union agency verbally, by letter or electronically not to impose travel restrictions or mandatory self-isolation or mandatory quarantine since February 2020. [2558/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This Government continues to strongly advise against all non-essential international travel to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Recent correspondence between my Department and the ECDC expressed concern amongst our national health experts with inconsistencies in messaging in ECDC publications in relation to international travel. Such inconsistencies were recognised by the ECDC and my Department is assured that they are looking at improving procedures when developing such guidance.

Ireland has implemented a range of measures for the purposes of aligning arrangements for international travel with the EU ‘traffic light’ approach and I am committed to continued work with the EU and European institutions in a coordinated international effort.