Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (776)

Robert Troy


776. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if a passenger returning home to Ireland requires a Covid-19 test on a connecting flight from Portugal in view of the fact that he or she will need a Covid test leaving Brazil; and if he or she will need another test for a connecting flight in Portugal given that he or she will not be leaving the airport. [6635/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Since the 16th January it has been a requirement for passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas to present a COVID-19 passenger locator form and evidence of a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival to Ireland.

The RT-PCR test result must be shown prior to boarding and once again to border officials upon entry. Travellers that do not present a test result to border officials upon entry are committing an offence and may be subject to prosecution.

SI No. 44/2021 provides that passengers who cannot provide evidence of a pre-departure test at the point of entry are required to take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival. Failure to do so will be an additional offence.

If the journey began in South Africa or Brazil the passenger is required to quarantine for 14 days.