Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (128)

Cathal Crowe


128. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Transport if his Department plans to act on the four key concerns outlined in the aviation briefing document circulated by a union (details supplied). [10162/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government continues to advise against non-essential international travel and that essential travel is undertaken with due regard to public health safety measures.

Given the current epidemiology situation and public health concern at the implications of increased transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 via the emergence of new variants, the Government recently strengthened the public health measures relating to international travel. This includes, pre-departure testing before travelling to the State, a self isolation or mandatory quarantine requirement on entry to the State with a facility for test and release from quarantine for the vast majority of arriving passengers. Specific provision is being made for mandatory quarantine for arrivals from high-risk locations for Covid-19 variants, i.e. category 2 countries currently provided for under SI 44 of 2021.

Having regard to the ongoing challenges in relation to containing the spread of the virus, the timing of any measures which facilitate non-essential international travel would need careful consideration.

The Government continues to keep all measures relating to international travel under review.