People arriving into State may be legally obliged to fill out locator form

Travellers will be legally obliged to tell the State where they plan to self-isolate after arriving into the country by plane or boat under new plans to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The Cabinet is expected to consider plans which would see passengers legally required to fill out a locator form. Gardaí or the Border Management Unit could check in with those who have arrived into the State to ensure they are complying with the isolation measures.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that “at the moment the passenger locator form is on an administrative basis. A person is asked to fill it out. I believe it should be on a legal footing”.

He said that conversations are ongoing with ministerial counterparts in Northern Ireland and the UK about the potential measures.

“Certainly, on a north, south, east and west basis this is a matter I have discussed with my counterpart in Northern Ireland and I know the Taoiseach has spoken publicly about his discussions with the British prime minister.