Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Joan CollinsJoan Collins (Dublin South Central, Independents 4 Change)
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422. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the nationalities which refused to give details of the locations they would quarantine for the 14 day period as reported recently at airports here. [6339/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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I can inform the Deputy that Border Management Unit Immigration Officers at Dublin Airport, on behalf of the Health Authorities, commenced recording Passenger Locator Forms on 28 April 2020.

The table below provides the nationalities of individuals who refused to complete a Passenger Locator Form when entering the State at Dublin Airport between 30 April 2020 and 13 May 2020.

Between 30 April 2020 and 13 May 2020, a total of 55 passengers refused to complete the form, 20 of whom were in transit to locations outside the State. This represents less than 1 percent of all incoming passengers in that period.

Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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424. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons contacted within 14 days following their arrival in Ireland as part of the public health passenger checks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6710/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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The Immigration Service (Border Management Unit) of my Department is currently collecting this public health data on behalf of the HSE, for as long as inward passenger numbers remain at historic lows. Since 28 April 2020, I can confirm for the Deputy that a total of 4,780 persons were contacted within 14 days following their arrival in the State by officials of my Department. These contacts were made as part of public health passenger checks under measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two calls are made to passengers following their arrival into the State, providing a Public Health Passenger Locator Form is completed. The calls are to confirm that the passenger is still residing at the address they provided on the form and to confirm if the passenger is self-isolating.

Passengers are required to self-isolate for 14 days after they arrive into the State, and this includes Irish Residents.

The first call is made 2 days after the person’s arrival in the State. The second call is made 12 days after their arrival and where the person has indicated that their stay in Ireland would be for more than 12 days.

The table below sets out the number of calls made based on each arrival location and the time period when the calls were made.

Location Date Range Number of 1st Calls
Dublin Airport 28/04/2020 – 14/05/2020 2,830
Dublin Port 28/04/2020 – 14/05/2020 600
Rosslare Port 01/05/2020 – 13/05/2020 165
Cork Airport 29/04/2020 – 11/05/2020 159
Total 1st Calls 3,754
2ndCalls are made to passengers 12 days after their arrival into the state (where a call is required i.e. they indicated their duration here is more than 12 days)
Location Date Range Number of 2nd Calls
Dublin Airport 28/04/2020 – 04/05/2020 1,026
Total 2nd Calls 1,026
Therefore, the total calls made since 28April 2020, is 4,780.

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