Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (853)

Catherine Murphy


853. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the process and procedures a person must adhere to in order to travel here to work as a prescribed essential worker for the spring, summer and autumn season in respect of seasonal agricultural workers that are EU citizens; and the Covid-19 mitigation measures they must undertake before arriving and on arrival. [6975/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the current regulations, only specific categories of travellers, these are listed on, are exempt from completing mandatory quarantine. This list does not include seasonal agricultural workers.

From 16 January 2021, passengers, with limited exemptions, arriving into Ireland (except those arriving directly from Northern Ireland) are required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Arriving passengers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the address given on their Passenger Locator Form. A second ‘non-detected’ PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival can end the quarantine period. However certain countries are designated as having a variant of concern (currently Brazil & South Africa) and arrivals from these countries do not have the option to end quarantine early.

Close consideration is continuously given to all travel measures and intending travellers should ensure that they are familiar with all Irish public health measures before travelling to Ireland.

Question No. 854 answered with Question No. 760.