A total of just 16% of people who came to Ireland over the Christmas period got phonecalls to check if they were restricting their movements.
Less than one in five arrivals got the calls who arrived into the country through the main airports in Dublin, Shannon and Cork.
Passengers are required to fill out traveler located forms before they arrive here.
New figures the department said follow-up text messages were sent to 71% of the 54,793 who completed the form ahead of travel into the country between December 21st and January 3rd.
The number arriving over this time, 54,675 people, is lower than the number that filled out the form because it can be completed online in advance and some may not have travelled in the end.
The information provided by visitors is used to contact them over the following 14 days to verify details are correct and, if they have arrived from a “red” country with high Covid-19 infection levels, to ensure they are restricting movements for 14 days.
Some 38,990 follow-up text messages were sent and 8,872 follow-up calls made to check on visitors and ensure they were following public health advice.Tags: