Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (317)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

317. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to address the issue of travellers from Dubai, Portugal and other locations using Dublin Airport as a back door into the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7821/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department has agreed a mechanism with our Northern Ireland counterpart whereby Ireland’s Passenger Locator Form system will be used to contact international passengers who travel through Ireland to Northern Ireland, to advise them of their requirement to fill in a UK passenger locator form and informing them of specific public health advice. This will commence this week.

Discussions with Northern Irish authorities to establish a data sharing agreement which will enable the sharing of data collected from Irish Passenger Locator Forms, in relation to travellers transiting to Northern Ireland from outside the common travel area, to support their public health efforts are at an advanced stage.

Continuing close consideration is being given by Government to policy on travel measures.