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Cabinet set to tighten overseas travel rules

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

All passengers arriving from overseas will be asked to register where they plan to self-isolate under plans being considered by the Government.

Stricter rules on people arriving into ports and airports from abroad are being examined following controversy over the arrival of nearly 200 workers from Bulgaria into Ireland to pick fruit for fruit company Keelings last week.

The proposals would involve those arriving into the country being asked to register their name and the location where they will self-isolate for the next fortnight in line with public health guidance.

Temperature checks on passengers arriving here are also being mooted.

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Those who cannot provide an address may be directed to one of the State's self-isolation centres, such as the 1,000-bed facility at Citywest.

Two sources with knowledge of the proposals said they would be considered at a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 today but no decision has yet been made.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while ports and airports would remain open, the Government "need to keep travel to a minimum".

Keelings said all the workers who arrived from Bulgaria last week had been medically screened before they travelled and had their temperature checked when they arrived

They were then taken to their housing in Dubin, cannot work for 14 days and must restrict movement.

Business Minister Heather Humphreys said while she accepted there was serious concerns, they were "essential workers".