Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Photo of Denise MitchellDenise Mitchell (Dublin Bay North, Sinn Fein)
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602. To ask the Minister for Health if video-supervised antigen tests are permitted for the purposes of entry into the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62861/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Pre-departure test requirements have been introduced on a temporary basis as part of our response to the emergence of the Omicron variant. Requirements are kept under regular review based on the evolving international epidemiological situation and as understanding of the Omicron variant develops.

A definition of accepted antigen tests is set out in S.I. 135/2021. The definition centres on the test being administered by a medical professional or similarly qualified person and being of a type included in the EU common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. It is not intended that video-supervised tests would be accepted.

Full information on the requirements for travel to Ireland are published atwww.gov.ie/travel.


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