Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (32)

Mairéad Farrell

Ceist:

32. Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Justice if publicly available data is being collected on the nationality of those entering Ireland via flights from the United States of America. [16649/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Border Management Unit (BMU) of my Department does not record the data requested or any data on the nationality of persons arriving into the State.

Under Regulations made by the Minister for Health - Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Requirements) (Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form) Regulations 2020, S.I. No. 181/2020 - the completion of a passenger locator form became a mandatory requirement on 28 May 2020.

While the first iteration of the Passenger Locator form developed by the Department of Health contained a question on nationality, the subsequent form, which was required to be completed when completion of the form was made mandatory in May, does not contain that question. From 26 August 2020, the electronic version of the Passenger Locator Form became available, with responsibility for follow-up work thereafter lying with the Department of Health.

In order to be helpful to the Deputy, information on the daily number of passengers arriving in Dublin Airport from the USA since 24 April 2020 was sought from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, which has advised the following:

Daily Passengers Arriving from the USA

Date

Number of Arrivals

24 April

13

25 April

31

26 April

23

27 April

33

28 April

11

29 April

25

30 April

15

1 May

31

2 May

37

3 May

40

4 May

51

5 May

20

6 May

38

7 May

24

8 May

24

9 May

54

10 May

45

11 May

36

12 May

27

13 May

28

14 May

25

15 May

35

16 May

50

17 May

39

18 May

60

19 May

60

20 May

29

21 May

8

22 May

35

23 May

26

24 May

35

25 May

27

26 May

52

27 May

70

28 May

40

29 May

62

30 May

66

31 May

100

1 June

83

2 June

91

3 June

51

4 June

73

5 June

31

6 June

69

7 June

108

8 June

101

9 June

77

10 June

111

11 June

41

12 June

70

13 June

36

14 June

55

15 June

109

16 June

122

17 June

106

18 June

69

19 June

69

20 June

92

21 June

70

22 June

138

23 June

122

24 June

51

25 June

96

26 June

78

27 June

79

28 June

139

29 June

152

30 June

269

1 July

159

2 July

97

3 July

88

4 July

163

5 July

146

6 July

123

7 July

151

8 July

179

9 July

71

10 July

168

11 July

149

12 July

151

13 July

144

14 July

199

15 July

144

16 July

108

17 July

137

18 July

175

19 July

215

20 July

109

21 July

230

22 July

133

23 July

115

24 July

157

25 July

172

26 July

162

27 July

115

28 July

159

29 July

123

30 July

117

31 July

241

1 August

137

2 August

190

3 August

180

4 August

300

5 August

168

6 August

180

7 August

184

8 August

160

9 August

185

10 August

144

11 August

239

12 August

151

13 August

245

14 August

219

15 August

226

16 August

231

17 August

203

18 August

249

19 August

193

20 August

162

21 August

166

22 August

177

23 August

217

24 August

113

25 August

229

26 August

129

27 August

82

28 August

149

29 August

229

30 August

196

31 August

185

1 September

323

2 September

245

3 September

198

4 September

240

TOTAL

15607

The average daily total of Daily Passengers Arriving from the USA was 116 per day over the 134 day period from 24 April to 4 September.

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has also advised that -

- transfer passengers are not included in the arrivals statistics for airports as Ireland is not the final destination for these passengers who do not leave the airport before travelling onwards to their final destination;

- breakdown of arrivals into Ireland of Irish residents returning home or foreign residents visiting Ireland is not available; and

- all statistics set out above are provisional figures provided by the airports and are subject to change.

Question No. 33 answered with Question No. 24.