Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Questions (330)

Seán Haughey


330. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health the reason that private PCR tests are required for international travel after 19 July 2021; if HSE Covid-19 tests can be used for the purposes of international travel from this date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30956/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the current measures, travellers arriving into Ireland from overseas are required to present evidence of a negative / non-detected pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. New measures applying to passengers travelling to the State are intended to be introduced from 19th July, subject to prevailing public health situation.

Travellers leaving the State will have to meet the requirements of their destination country and may access testing via private testing providers.

It will be possible for a Digital COVID Certificate, in respect of negative test results, to be provided by private testing services. The testing capacity of the HSE is prioritised for public screening and testing of higher risk groups.