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Covid-19 Pandemic

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 15 December 2021

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Questions (217)

Brendan Smith

Question:

217. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied that adequate arrangements are in place and being implemented in relation to necessary restrictions on persons arriving to this country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62392/21]

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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 from overseas require a valid test result (subject to limited exemptions). Passengers are also required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator form. More stringent measures apply to people with a recent travel history to one of seven countries considered high-risk due to the Omicron variant. A legal requirement applies to carriers to check that passengers have completed a PLF and have a valid test result prior to boarding. A passenger may be denied boarding if they do not have a required document or an exemption. Compliance checks are also conducted by immigration officers on arrival. Full details on international travel policy and the types of tests accepted are published at www.gov.ie/travel.

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