Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Ceisteanna (631)

Seán Crowe

Ceist:

631. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health his plans or the proposals being discussed to temperature test passengers arriving at airports and seaports as part of the Covid-19 response. [7072/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the number of indigenous cases here declines and Ireland eases some restrictions, the relative importance of the risk of importation of cases from overseas increases. Ultimately, the progress towards suppression of community transmission which has been achieved and which should allow for greater resumption of social and economic life in Ireland could be endangered.

The public health advice for passengers arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days. Since 28 May it is a legal requirement for passengers arriving from overseas to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. The information on the form may be used to assist our contact tracing teams.

The issue of imposing mandatory self-isolation for a 14 day period, to be considered as the situation evolves, was mentioned in the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business.

My Department, in consultation with other relevant Departments including the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, is developing proposals to strengthen the 14 days self-isolation arrangements for travellers from overseas.  Any mandatory arrangements would be kept under regular review.

Complementary measures applying to international travel, such as temperature testing at airports, will remain under consideration but are not envisaged at this time.