Thursday, 25 March 2021

Questions (185)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

185. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if seafarers are exempt from having to provide evidence of a negative or not detected result from a Covid-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test before arriving here from another country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16085/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

SI No. 44/2021 sets out pre-departure test requirements which apply to persons who are travelling to the State from any territory outside the State other than Northern Ireland. Limited exemptions from this requirement apply including for international transport workers in aviation, maritime and road haulage sectors travelling in the course of performing their duties. It is intended that SI No. 44/2021 will be replaced by new regulations being introduced as part of a wider legal framework giving effect to government policy on travel including mandatory quarantine at designated facilities.