From today, it’s mandatory to provide details of where you will be self-isolating.

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Passengers arriving from overseas will face a fine or jail if they fail to fill out a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form.

From today, it’s mandatory to provide details of where you will be self-isolating and your contact information. Anyone who fails to do so could be imprisoned for up to six months or face a fine of up to 2,500 euro.

A further 17 people have died here from Covid-19 and 73 new cases have also been confirmed.

The incoming passengers will have to provide an address for where they will be staying in Ireland as well as personal contact details. The forms may then be used to conduct follow-up checks to make sure those people are staying where they said they would. The forms can also be used for contact tracing if there was a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 on their flight or ferry.

People arriving from Northern Ireland, working in defined essential supply chain roles, foreign diplomats and passengers who are transiting through the State without leaving the port or airport will not be required to complete the form.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD said:

“This is a temporary measure that is being introduced in a time of a public health crisis. The people of Ireland have managed to suppress COVID-19 in our communities, and through their actions are enabling the resumption of social and economic life.

“The Government is concerned that as we move towards the easing of measures, the risk of importing new cases through non-essential travel increases. The introduction of these rules is aimed to limit this risk.

“We continue to advise Irish citizens and residents against all non-essential international travel, and passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Like all other measures we’ve introduced during this public health crisis, the purpose of these regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect people from this virus.”