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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (568)

Matt Shanahan


568. Deputy Matt Shanahan asked the Minister for Health the specific health guidance that relates to the European advice note (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61220/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The requirements for travel are kept under regular review based on the evolving international epidemiological situation.

At present, and as part of our response to the emergence of the Omicron variant, passengers travelling to Ireland require a valid test result (subject to limited exemptions). A person may be denied boarding by their carrier if they do not have a valid test result. Where a person travels to Ireland without a test result, they are required to take a PCR test within 36 hours of arrival and to quarantine until the result is returned. Full details on international travel policy and the types of tests accepted are published at

More stringent measures apply to travel from seven countries considered high-risk in the context of the Omicron variant. Persons may only travel from these countries to Ireland if they are a citizen or resident of Ireland, the UK or the EU. Passengers are required to have a negative pre-departure test and to quarantine on arrival. PCR testing is required at days 2 and day 8 after arrival. If both tests return negative, the quarantine period ends. If one test returns positive, the quarantine period is extended 10 days beyond the date of the positive test. Full details are published at

Question No. 569 answered with Question No. 564.