Authorities in Ireland have announced that all persons planning to travel to Ireland from Great Britain will be obliged to take a COVID-19 antigen test each day for five days in a row upon their arrival due to the recent increase in the number of infections caused by the virus and in particular the spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.
Such a decision has been confirmed by the country’s government, while it stressed that the tests would be in addition to the recently introduced requirement that passengers to the Republic have a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test before boarding a plane, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the government’s announcement, the first test should be taken on the day of their arrival, while stressing that if persons show any symptoms related to the virus or if a passenger has a positive result from a lateral flow test, they should take a PCR test and remain self-isolated.
Authorities in Irelands have confirmed that such a decision has mainly been taken in order to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 Omicron variant from Great Britain that has recently reported a high infection rate of Omicron infections.
Up to this point, there have been six reported cases of COVID-19 infection in Ireland. Therefore, the government has stressed it was “taking account of relevant factors following an updated public health assessment in relation to the Omicron variant”.
Based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization, Ireland has registered a total of 606,852 cases of COVID-19 infections and 5,788 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The same source shows that in the last seven days, a total of 32,947 people have tested positive for the virus, while 81 people have died.
In addition, recently, Ireland has also reported a total of six cases of COVID-19 Omicron infection.
“There are now six confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Ireland. A number of other probable cases are under investigation,” Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, pointed out in this regard.
Authorities in Ireland have also announced that pre-departure and post-departure COVID-19 tests required for passengers arriving into Britain do not apply for travellers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.
In addition, authorities in Ireland have also confirmed that British and Irish people who need to travel for work, study or other similar purposes they will be permitted to do so without being obliged to follow the current travel rules or passport controls.
Such a decision was confirmed by the country’s Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, and came after an increase in the number of COVID-19 Omicron cases.