Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (878)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

878. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a list of the categories of essential inward travel into the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8663/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government continues to advise against non-essential international travel.

Under the current public health measures relating to overseas travel, all travellers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required 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 and shown at boarding and to border officials upon entry to Ireland.

Arriving passengers (with a limited list of exemptions) 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.

Under the current regulations those travellers from overseas who are deemed exempt from mandatory quarantine are categories of workers travelling in the course of preforming their duties (international transport workers, gardai, defence forces, diplomats, journalists, essential repair workers for critical infrastructure, international organisation staff and officials pursing an arrest warrant and those certified by Sports Ireland), transit passengers, and patients travelling to Ireland for urgent medical reasons.