Ireland to review 14-day quarantine for travellers on June 18

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s new regulations requiring incoming travellers to provide the address at which they will self-isolate for 14 days will initially be in effect from May 28 to June 18, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Irish Health Minister Simon Harris attends a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland March 24, 2020. Steve Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

The government announced last week that it would now require arrivals to complete a “passenger locator form”, which has been voluntary since the quarantine rule was introduced last month.

Britain will introduce similar quarantine measures from June 8 and also announced the details on Friday. Those measures will not apply to people arriving from Ireland.

Airlines have told both governments that the rules are impossible to implement.

The Irish regulations will apply to all nationalities, including returning Irish residents, and be reviewed on June 18. Harris told Reuters this week the government “honestly don’t know” how long they will be needed.

Failure to complete the form or to update contact details if they change, or providing false information, could lead to a fine of up to 2,500 euros ($2,700) or six months in prison.

Aircraft crew, hauliers and passengers transiting to another jurisdiction will be exempt.

“These are extraordinary measures but they are necessary in a time of a public health crisis,” Harris said in a statement.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ireland rose by 115 to 24,506 on Friday, with related deaths up 11 to 1,592.

It was the first time in seven days that the number of new cases had exceeded 100.

Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, said the cases stemmed from exposures prior to the easing of stay-at-home restrictions a week ago.

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Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Kevin Liffey