Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (841)

Paul McAuliffe

Ceist:

841. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Health his plans to carry out rapid testing of arrivals from non-green list countries. [26604/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Ireland supports efforts to find a coordinated approach to balancing free movement and travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains the responsibility of each Member State to enact the measures it sees fit for the protection of public health. However, a coordinated approach is necessary in order to limit the spread of the virus while at the same time keeping restrictions to the free movement of persons and goods to the necessary minimum.

We are working closely with the European Commission and other members states of the EU to agree a common approach to international travel. This includes consideration of the need to ensure that the establishment of any travel-related testing is effective in controlling transmission of the disease and does not impact negatively on the testing and tracing of symptomatic patients and serial testing of high-risk groups or workplace environments as recommended by NPHET from time to time.