MINISTER for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD has confirmed new public health measures for people arriving to Ireland from Great Britain which will see some passengers take a second Covid-19 test.
Those who travel from Great Britain, who are not fully vaccinated, are now requested to remain in quarantine and seek a further test at least 10 days after arrival in Ireland, in addition to the day 5 test, the Minister has confirmed.
The new rules, introduced on the back of increasing concerns around the Delta variant of Covid-19, first identified in India, have taken immediate effect.
Minister Donnelly said: “Once again this week, our collective response to COVID-19 has meant that the Government’s reopening plan has continued at pace. Our ability to reopen and, more importantly, remain open as a society depends on our continued adherence to the public health guidance.
“Last week, I launched a booking portal that allows anyone travelling to Ireland book a PCR test for no less than 5 days after arrival to Ireland.
“Those travelling from Great Britain who have not been fully vaccinated, are now advised to arrange a test for day 5 and for day 10. If you receive a non-detected result from both your day 5 and day 10 tests it is safe to cease your home quarantine.”
The HSE has also put enhanced contact tracing measures in place for all detected positive cases of COVID-19 with a travel history extending back 14 days and their close contacts.
The Government continues to advise against all non-essential international travel.
It is a legal requirement that all travellers to Ireland must have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a Covid-19 RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival to Ireland.