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153. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of passengers that entered here by plane from the United States of America since the introduction of passenger locator forms; the number of follow-up calls or visits that were made to enforce the mandatory 14-day quarantine; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16342/20]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Helen McEntee): On the 28 April 2020 my Department agreed to undertake, on behalf of the health authorities, the collection of public health passenger locator forms on a temporary administrative basis.
The Border Management Unit (BMU) collect these forms at Dublin Airport, which is the principal route through which people enter the State. While the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) manage the compliance for the other entry ports to the State, the passenger locator forms are forwarded to the BMU in Dublin Airport who carry out the follow-up calls for all completed forms.
Under regulations made by the Minister for Health - Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Requirements) (Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form) Regulations 2020, S.I. No. 181/2020 - the completion of a passenger locator form became a mandatory requirement on 28 May 2020.
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has advised of the following daily number of passengers arriving in Dublin Airport from the USA since 24 April 2020. The figures do not include transfer passengers.

USA Total
Fri 24 Apr 20 13
Sat 25 Apr 20 31
Sun 26 Apr 20 23
Mon 27 Apr 20 33
Tue 28 Apr 20 11
Wed 29 Apr 20 25
Thu 30 Apr 20 15
Fri 01 May 20 31
Sat 02 May 20 37
Sun 03 May 20 40
Mon 04 May 20 51
Tue 05 May 20 20
Wed 06 May 20 38
Thu 07 May 20 24
Fri 08 May 20 24
Sat 09 May 20 54
Sun 10 May 20 45
Mon 11 May 20 36
Tue 12 May 20 27
Wed 13 May 20 28
Thu 14 May 20 25
Fri 15 May 20 35
Sat 16 May 20 50
Sun 17 May 20 39
Mon 18 May 20 60
Tue 19 May 20 60
Wed 20 May 20 29
Thu 21 May 20 8
Fri 22 May 20 35
Sat 23 May 20 26
Sun 24 May 20 32
Mon 25 May 20 27
Tue 26 May 20 52
Wed 27 May 20 70
Thu 28 May 20 40
Fri 29 May 20 62
Sat 30 May 20 66
Sun 31 May 20 100
Mon 01 Jun 20 83
Tue 02 Jun 20 91
Wed 03 Jun 20 51
Thu 04 Jun 20 73
Fri 05 Jun 20 31
Sat 06 Jun 20 69
Sun 07 Jun 20 108
Mon 08 Jun 20 101
Tue 09 Jun 20 77
Wed 10 Jun 20 111
Thu 11 Jun 20 41
Fri 12 Jun 20 70
Sat 13 Jun 20 36
Sun 14 Jun 20 55
Mon 15 Jun 20 109
Tue 16 Jun 20 122
Wed 17 Jun 20 106
Thu 18 Jun 20 69
Fri 19 Jun 20 69
Sat 20 Jun 20 92
Sun 21 Jun 20 70
Mon 22 Jun 20 138
Tue 23 Jun 20 122
Wed 24 Jun 20 51
Thu 25 Jun 20 96
Fri 26 Jun 20 78
Sat 27 Jun 20 79
Sun 28 Jun 20 139
Mon 29 Jun 20 152
Tue 30 Jun 20 269
Wed 01 Jul 20 159
Thu 02 Jul 20 97
Fri 03 Jul 20 88
Sat 04 Jul 20 163
Sun 05 Jul 20 146
Mon 06 Jul 20 123
Tue 07 Jul 20 151
Wed 08 Jul 20 179
Thu 09 Jul 20 71
Fri 10 Jul 20 168
Sat 11 Jul 20 149
Sun 12 Jul 20 151
Mon 13 Jul 20 144

In terms of the number of follow-up calls, please see tables below which cover the period from 28 April 2020 (when BMU commenced follow-up calls) to 30 June 2020. During this period, almost 100% of passengers who required follow-up calls were contacted. However, from the date that completion of the forms became mandatory, 28 May 2020, the nationality of passengers was no longer included as a question on the form. It is therefore not possible to ascertain the nationality of those to which follow up calls were made and the tables below reflect the overall number of calls rather than those to particular nationals.
Dublin Airport
Passengers Arrivals 28.04.20 - 30.06.20
Forms Received 41,949
Exempt from Follow-Up
This includes passengers:
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
11,695
Number of Call 1 Made
(2 days after Arrival)
28,544
Calls Answered 18,246
% Answered 64%
Passengers Arrivals 28.04.20 - 19.06.20
Number of Call 2 Made
(12 days after Arrival)
16,295
Calls Answered 8,649
% Answered 53%


Since 1 July 2020, given the increase in passenger numbers, the BMU are required to concentrate on their core immigration duties and therefore, whilst my Department awaits handover of this follow-up process to the Department of Health, the BMU are only in a position to make a sample of follow-up calls.
The BMU now rely on the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) arrivals figures as an indication of the number of passenger locator forms collected by the BMU officers. Given that the form is mandatory and that only 3 referrals have been made to An Garda Síochána for refusing to complete the form, the daa arrivals figure is regarded as an accurate indication of the forms received at Dublin Airport.
The figures provided below for the period 1 July 2020 to 13 July 2020 show the sample of calls made whilst awaiting the handover of this follow-up action to the Department of Health.
Dublin Airport 01/07/20 - 13/07/20
DAA Arrival Figure 52,753
Sample Taken 5,042
Exempt:
This includes passengers:
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
1,510
Calls Made 3,532
Calls Answered 1,698
% Answered 48%

The BMU continues to carry out the follow up phone calls on behalf of the HSE, but as passenger numbers are expected to increase significantly over the coming days, as previously mentioned, the BMU will need to focus exclusively on their core function of immigrating passengers and the HSE will take responsibility for this function. Discussions are ongoing between both Departments to finalise a date for the handover.