Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Tourism Policy

Photo of Cathal CroweCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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981. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if clarity will be provided for tourism providers on whether overseas visitors can be expected by the end of the year (details supplied). [5783/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The Government has released a 5 phase roadmap setting out Ireland’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Phased re-opening commenced on 18 May and is based on a 3 week review process. Detailed information on each phase can be found here: .

As the Deputy is aware, the current position is that visitors from overseas need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival into Ireland and subsequently abide by the relevant public health advice regarding travel within Ireland. In practical terms, overseas tourism into Ireland will not be feasible until these restrictions are lifted or eased substantially.

The Roadmap notes that "As the process for modifying restrictions proceeds, and as the international situation evolves, we need to continue to work intensively on our approach to travel restrictions and controls at ports and airports...". Along with my officials, I will continue to engage with my colleagues in Government to ensure that as much certainty can be provided in respect of international travel and tourism into Ireland as soon as circumstances allow.


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