Ireland to require additional COVID test from passengers on arrival

FILE PHOTO: Garda (Irish police) officers monitor drivers to check if they have a valid reason for travel, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a checkpoint outside Dublin Airport, Ireland, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is to require arriving passengers to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in addition to one taken in the days before traveling, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday.

“Even though we have the strictest border biosecurity already in the European Union, we’ll be making that stricter again in the coming weeks, starting with an additional PCR test on arrival as well as before people arrive,” he said.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Chris Reese