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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Passenger Data

Mairead Farrell (Galway West, Sinn Fein)
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32. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if publicly available data is being collected on the nationality of those entering Ireland via flights from the United States of America. [16649/20]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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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.

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