Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (271)

Pádraig O'Sullivan


271. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the mechanism for a person to travel who has recovered from Covid-19 but who would still test positive to a PCR test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7596/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Since the 16th January passengers arriving in Ireland from overseas (including those entering via Northern Ireland) are required to present evidence of a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival.

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. Also, passengers arriving without a pre-travel PCR test result must now take one within 36 hours of arrival or will be committing an additional offense.

Exemptions from the pre-departure test requirement are in place for international transport workers, passengers travelling with an urgent medical need and for travellers with genuine humanitarian emergencies unable to obtain a pre-departure RT-PCR test before travel.