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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (589, 756)

Colm Burke

Question:

589. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health if persons will be entitled to a refund of the cost incurred for the requirement of having an RT-PCR test taken when travelling into Ireland and the subsequent changes that occurred in the timing as to when the test should be taken in view of the changes which occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61355/21]

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Christopher O'Sullivan

Question:

756. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if refunds will be given to persons who had already secured PCR and antigen tests in order to travel that were not required due to the change of implementation date from 3 to 5 December 2021 for the new regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61999/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 589 and 756 together.

At present, passengers travelling to Ireland require a valid test result (subject to limited exemptions). This requirement has been introduced on a temporary basis as part of our response to emergence of the Omicron variant. Travel requirements are kept under regular review based on the evolving international epidemiological situation and as understanding of the Omicron variant develops. There is no facility in place to pay costs in the cases referred to. In making regulations to introduce these testing requirements, regard was given to the need for balance between the importance of the measure to protect public health and ensuring travellers have sufficient notice of a legal requirement and sufficient time to arrange testing before travel.

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