People arriving into Ireland will need a negative antigen or PCR test prior to arrival, under new international travel rules being discussed by Cabinet, reports Clodagh Dooley
The requirement for a negative test result is applicable to all arrivals into Ireland. Passengers who are vaccinated, or have recovered from Covid-19, must get either an antigen test 48 hours prior to arrival or a PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need a PCR test.
It’s been reported that the test will have to be professionally administered and no self-administered tests will be accepted, under rules considered by Cabinet.
This new policy comes as fears continue to grow of the potential impact of the Omicron variant of the virus. It is set to come into effect from this Friday, 3rd December and will remain in place for two weeks, after which point it will be reviewed.
The Department of Transport is in discussions with airlines and ferry companies, to ensure certified antigen tests or PCR tests are checked before people board flights or boats to Ireland.
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