COVID-19 testing centres have begun at Cork and Shannon Airports today as the new EU traffic light system takes off.
Irish healthcare company RocDoc are now fully operational at the two airports, where they will carry out Covid-19 tests on passengers.
The facilities at both airports will be providing private testing services to passengers and to the general public, with RocDoc’s state-of-the-art laboratories on-site at each location to process results.
Tests cost start at €149 with an estimated turnaround of 72-hours. Express Covid tests with a turnaround of only a few hours are also available for €199.
Managing Director of Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy, was the first person to be tested at the new facility today.
He said: “This is a really welcome development for the local community and businesses who will be able to avail of this service. What we all want is for a safe return to air travel and having the facility to offer pre-departure testing at the airport is an important step in restoring consumer confidence to fly again.”
While Chief Executive of RocDoc, David Rock said: “This has been a huge operation and we’re very pleased to have our facilities fully operational. At both airports we will be installing category two laboratories and testing facilities which will be able to process over and above the expected tests per day.
TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
“Our focus is to provide testing for passengers flying in and out of the airports, but our facilities are also open to members of the public who wish to have a test or local businesses who want to keep their staff safe.”
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Holidaymakers returning from red regions are expected to complete their 14-days of isolation – but Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that the EU framework will allow those with a negative Covid-19 test result will not have to restrict their movements.
While travellers from EU orange regions are now allowed into Ireland without restricting their movements if they have a negative PCR test three days before their arrival.