From May 28 people arriving in Republic of Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days

A man wearing a face mask in the arrivals hall of Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport

Passengers arriving into the Republic of Ireland from next week will be legally required to complete a passenger locator form, the Minister for Health has said.

Simon Harris said they will come into effect from Thursday May 28 and will remain in place until June 18, when they will be reviewed.

Passengers arriving into the Republic from overseas are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Similar rules come into force in the UK  from June 8.

Mr Harris said: "These are extraordinary measures but they are necessary in a time of a public health crisis.

"We continue to advise everyone against non-essential travel. However, if a person does arrive into Ireland, they will be legally obliged to fill out this form, regardless of their nationality.

"The form will be used to facilitate a system of follow-up checks to make sure people who travel to the country are staying where they said that they would.

"The form will also ensure more accurate and quicker contact tracing, should we have a confirmed case on a flight or ferry coming into Ireland."

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