Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
136. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps that can be taken in relation to a person who is in Brazil and their flight may be cancelled; and if repatriation flights will be organised for Irish citizens in such circumstances. [9078/21]
As the Deputy will be aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Government advisory is in place to avoid all non-essential travel overseas.
On 26 January, the Government announced the introduction of additional measures which will remain in place until 5 March and will then be subject to review. These restrictions include the suspension of visa-free travel to Ireland for nationals of South America, including Brazil.
With effect from 4 February, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to home quarantine. All passengers from 'Category 2' countries must complete the full 14-day period of quarantine even if they receive a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. There are currently 20 'Category 2' countries, including Brazil.
Any passengers who need to travel to Ireland for essential reasons should confirm with their airline before travel that they meet the necessary requirements, otherwise they may face difficulties boarding flights. It is also important that they familiarise themselves with the restrictions in place in any country through which they may transit.
Any Irish citizen in distress in Brazil is advised to contact our Embassy in Brasilia or the Consulate General in Sao Paolo, which will provide consular advice and assistance as appropriate.