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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 March 2021

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Questions (754, 789, 898, 916, 970)

Matt Shanahan

Question:

754. Deputy Matt Shanahan asked the Minister for Health if concessions with regards to the impending legislation on quarantine for incoming travellers will be available for those who have received a vaccine as approved by the EMA and who would also have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11124/21]

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Jennifer Whitmore

Question:

789. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Health the position regarding vaccinations and travel in circumstances (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11284/21]

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David Stanton

Question:

898. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Health if persons entering Ireland who have received vaccination against Covid-19 in another country will be required to self-isolate or quarantine if they have proof of vaccination; if his attention has been drawn to instances in which persons living in Ireland have been offered the opportunity to avail of an earlier vaccination in a different country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11731/21]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

916. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the regulations in relation to quarantine in place when visiting here from a country (details supplied); if he plans to amend these regulations in view of the vaccine roll-out in the country in question for those persons who have proof of vaccination in their home country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11782/21]

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Joe McHugh

Question:

970. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health the protocol for travel from the United Arab Emirates to Ireland in summer 2021 as far as can be projected in circumstances in which a person has been vaccinated in the first quarter of 2021; if travel home to see family will be permitted with a negative PCR test; if quarantine for 14 days will be mandatory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11969/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 754, 789, 898, 916 and 970 together.

Under the current international travel policies, all travellers arriving into Ireland from overseas, with limited exemptions, are required to observe the mandatory testing and quarantine regimes.

It is not yet understood whether available vaccines prevent vaccinated persons from transmitting the disease to others. As such, the impact vaccinations will have on travel policies internationally is yet to be determined.

The Government gives continuing consideration to travel policy informed by the epidemiological situation internationally and public health advice.

Question No. 755 answered with Question No. 736.
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