Ireland to require negative COVID-19 test from all travellers
Jan 13 2021
Prior to departure, passengers will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than three days before departing to transport operators, as well as their passenger locator form. However, they must adhere to the local public health guidance.
The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England.
An official statement said: "The Government has announced the extension of the requirement for a pre-departure negative/not detected PCR test to passenger arrivals from all countries from Saturday".
Travellers arriving from Great Britain and South Africa will still be obliged to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival in Ireland, even if they undergo a second PCR test after entering the country.
If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must not allow the passenger to board, the CDC said. The new measures are created to try to prevent travellers from bringing in newer forms of the virus that scientists say can spread more easily.
Passengers arriving into England who have successfully demonstrated a negative result prior to departure from a country not on the travel corridor list will still have the option to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to as little as 5 days by paying for a test through the Test to Release scheme.
Canada said December 30 that it would require air travelers entering the country to obtain a negative test.
For the United Kingdom requirement that went through last month, airlines can be subject to criminal penalties if they fail to comply, and passengers can be subject to criminal penalties if they willfully give false or misleading information.
There are issues with testing availability and capacity, so some countries will initially be exempt. Further exemptions will be set out on GOV.UK.
The U.S. has reported 22,322,956 cumulative cases of the Chinese coronavirus since January 11 with 373,167 reported deaths since the start of the pandemic.