There could be severe financial consequences for those who don’t fill in a form when entering the Republic of Ireland…
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus impacted a lot of our travel plans.
Now, after entering phase three of the easing of the restrictions, most shops and services have reopened. Cafes, pubs that serve food, hairdressers, supermarkets, and almost everything else have opened up.
However, the Irish Government are still advising against all necessary travel and are promoting ‘staycations’ in Ireland for the foreseeable future.
Some countries have reopened their borders for tourism and for economic purposes, while airlines such as Ryanair have a limited number of commercial flights running to these countries.
For those who must travel abroad, there are some specific rules in place for re-entering the Republic of Ireland.
“The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements.”
Should a person fail to fill in the form and submit it to a relevant person, a fine of €2500 or a jail-term of no more than six months will be imposed. A fourteen day self-isolation period is still in place and the Irish Government have stated you should not ”go to work, school, religious services or public areas“ until this self-isolation period passes.
With the restrictions easing and airlines offering cheaper flights due to the Coronavirus outbreak, some people may be tempted to hop on a flight and enjoy the sunny weather somewhere else.
This, however, should certainly be considered for those thinking about a trip outside of Ireland.
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