Later this month all passengers arriving into Ireland will have to provide an address

New regulations will make it easier for contact tracing purposes if a passenger coming into the country is COVID-19 positive

Later this month passengers coming into Ireland will be required under law to fill out a passenger locator form.

This means that under the law by May 28 passengers travelling into Ireland through airports or ports have to provide an address of where they are staying.

The measures will remain in effect until June 18 upon which they will be reviewed.

The passenger locator form will be used as a means to do follow up checks to ensure people coming into the country are staying where they say they are staying.

The Government has said it continues to advise Irish citizens and residents against all non-essential international travel, and passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Minister for Health Simon 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 legally obliged to fill out this form, regardless of their nationality."

It will be an offence to not comply with these regulations and failure to comply could result in a fine of up to 2,500 or a jail sentence of up to six months.

The above can apply to:

- Failure to complete and give the form to a relevant person

- Providing information that to the persons knowledge is false or misleading (whether on the form, when presenting the form, or in subsequent follow-up checks)

- Failure to provide further information to a relevant person upon request (who suspects that the form has not been completed properly)

- Failure to update residence or contact details if they change within 14 days of arrival into the State.