My Department is represented on the Expert Advisory Group on Travel which provides advice to the Chief Medical Officer in relation to the designation and de-designation of countries for the purpose of mandatory hotel quarantine as provided for in the Health Act, 1947.
My Department is also represented on the Senior Officials Group on COVID and International Travel which carried out the recent Review of Mandatory Quarantine Arrangements and International Travel which informed the Government decision-making process on these matters.
Officials from my Department have engaged with the Department of Health in relation to arrangements for persons travelling from designated countries for the purpose of carrying out essential services. New arrangements in relation to such travellers are set out in SI 241 of 2021 - Health Act 1947 (Exempted Traveller) (COVID-19) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2021 signed by the Minister for Health on 13 May.