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572. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of overseas passengers arriving here; the level of compliance in filling out the passenger locator form; the number of forms that were correctly completed; the number of follow-up calls made to passengers; the number of successful follow-up calls completed in each of the past eight weeks in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16541/20]

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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) operate the scheme at Dublin Airport, which is the principal route through which people enter the State by air. While the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) manage the compliance for the other ports, the passenger locator forms are forwarded to the BMU in Dublin Airport, who also carry out the follow-up calls for those ports.
The following tables detail the compliance rate for the period 28 April – 30 June 2020.

Dublin Airport
Passenger Arrivals 28.4.20 - 30.6.20
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%
Passenger Arrivals 28.04.20 - 19.06.20
Number of Call 2 Made
(12 days after Arrival)
16,295
Calls Answered 8,649
% Answered 53%
Dublin Port
Passenger Arrivals 28.4.20 - 30.6.20
Forms Received 19,338
Exempt from Follow-Up

This includes passengers
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
12,082
Number of Calls Made 6,645
Calls Answered 3,283
% Answered 49%
Rosslare Port
Passenger Arrivals 28.4.20 - 23.6.20
Forms Received 4,584
Exempt from Follow-Up

This includes passengers
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
2,637
Number of Calls Made 1,889
Calls Answered 999
% Answered 53%
Cork Airport
Passenger Arrivals 28.4.20 - 25.6.20
Forms Received 1,676
Exempt from Follow-Up

This includes passengers
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
315
Number of Calls Made 1,359
Calls Answered 720
% Answered 53%

Since 1 July 2020, given the increase in passenger numbers, the BMU is required to concentrate on their core immigration duties and my Department awaits handover of this follow-up process to the Department of Health.
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 less the exempt categories. Therefore, the statistics below for the period 01 July 2020 – 15 July 2020 show the sample of calls made whilst transfer of the follow-up action to the Department of Health is outstanding. It should be noted that the statistics below are for Dublin Airport only. However, follow-up calls are also being progressed for the other ports of entry.
Dublin Airport 01.07.20 - 15.07.20
DAA Arrival Figure 61,844
Sample Taken 6,195
Exempt from Follow-up

This includes passengers
- Transiting to NI
- In the State for less than 2 days
- Completing forms unnecessarily
1,974
Calls Made 4,121
Calls Answered 2,129
% Answered 52%