The authorities in Ireland have announced that all people planning to travel to Ireland from Great Britain will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test every day for five consecutive days upon arrival due to the recent increase in the number of infections caused by the virus and especially the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.
The country’s government confirmed such a decision, while stressing that the tests would be in addition to the recently introduced requirement that travelers to the republic have a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test before boarding an aircraft, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the government’s announcement, the first test should be done on the day of their arrival, emphasizing that if people show any symptoms related to the virus or if the passenger results are positive from the passenger’s lateral flow test, they should take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Test and stay self-isolated.
The authorities in Ireland emphasized that such a decision was made primarily in order to mitigate the risk of a strain of COVID-19 Omicron from Great Britain which has recently reported a high incidence of Omicron infection.
So far, six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ireland. Therefore, the government stressed that it was “taking into account relevant factors after an updated public health assessment with respect to the Omicron variant”.
Based on figures provided by the World Health Organization, Ireland has recorded a total of 606,852 cases of COVID-19 and 5,788 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The same source shows that in the past seven days, a total of 32,947 people tested positive for the virus, while 81 people died.
In addition, Ireland recently reported a total of six cases of COVID-19 Omicron.
“There are now six confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Ireland. In this regard, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, noted a number of other potential cases under investigation.
Authorities in Ireland also announced that required pre-departure and post-departure COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving in Britain do not apply to travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.
In addition, the authorities in Ireland have also confirmed that Britons and Irish who need to travel for work, study or other similar purposes will be allowed to do so without complying with existing travel rules or passport controls.
Since December 5, Irish authorities have required all people planning to enter Ireland to submit a negative coronavirus test result upon entry.
This decision was confirmed by the country’s health minister, Stephen Donnelly, and came after an increase in the number of COVID-19 Omicron cases.