Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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173. To ask the Minister for Health if persons arriving into Ireland from a jurisdiction not on the mandatory quarantining list to attend a wedding is classified as essential travel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23348/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Health Act 1947, as amended, provides that all persons arriving in Ireland from a designated state, or having travelled through a designated state in the previous 14 days, are required to undergo mandatory quarantine in a designated facility unless they are an exempted traveller under the Act. The full list of exempted travellers is available on gov.ie/quarantine.

Passengers who are travelling from non-designated countries and are not required to undergo quarantine in a designated facility are still subject to other travel restrictions, such as the need to provide a negative pre-departure PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever specified in their passenger locator form.

Neither I as Minister for Health nor my Department have any role in decisions relating to whether individual persons must enter mandatory quarantine or whether individual persons are exempted travellers. All such decisions are to be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

The Government continues to advise against all non-essential international travel.


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