Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (946)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

946. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the level of compliance in filling out the passenger locator forms on a weekly basis from 1 February 2021; the number of forms which were correctly and incorrectly completed on a weekly basis, respectively; and the number of persons that refused to fill out the form on a weekly basis in tabular form. [8864/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

All passengers arriving to the State are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator form. There are limited exemptions from this requirement for international transport workers, diplomats and children under 16. The Passenger Locator Form is used to support a system of engagements with arriving passengers including the targeting of public health messaging by SMS and email and may be used for contact tracing. Invalid passenger locator forms may have illegible or invalid information including phone numbers or other essential information that is required. The paper passenger locator form has been updated to an OCR form to improve legibility. Passengers may have completed a passenger locator form and not travelled.

From the 1st to 7th of February inclusive a total of 13,541 Passenger Locator Forms were completed of which 93.5% were valid and 6.5% were invalid. There have been no incidences of non-compliance notified to An Garda Síochána during the week from 1st – 7th of February inclusive.