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Travel to Northern Ireland during Covid-19


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Effective from the 24th May 2021, Northern Ireland will be operating with a traffic light system with different protocols for green, red and amber list countries.

Green List Countries:

Before you travel to Northern Ireland from a ‘green list’ country you must:

For more information on green list countries: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-green-list-country

Amber List Countries:

If you’re travelling to Northern Ireland from an amber country, either directly or via another country, including British and Irish nationals returning home, you must:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book post-arrival testing for days two and eight
  • complete a UK passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure
  • self-isolate for 10 days

 For more information on amber list countries: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-amber-country

Red List Countries:

Requirements for travelling to NI from a ‘red list’ country:

If you plan to travel to Northern Ireland having been in, or transited through one of the countries above in the previous 10 days, you must:

 THE DAY OF ARRIVAL INTO NORTHERN IRELAND WILL BE TREATED AS DAY ZERO.

For more information on red list countries: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-red-list-country

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – UPDATED TRAVEL ADVICE

All passengers INCLUDING THOSE IN THE COMMON TRAVEL AREA arriving in Ireland must:

  • complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
  • provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive in Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement

If you are travelling from or via a designated state, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.

Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland must ensure that they are familiar with the guidance and regulations in place, including the completion of a UK Passenger Locator form.

These arrangements apply to any passenger who has been in any of these countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside.

These arrangements also apply to any passenger who is travelling on to Northern Ireland.

For more information on travelling to the Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Travel to Great Britain from Ireland

Due to the identification of new strains of COVID-19 in England and in South Africa, the Irish Government has strongly advised against all non-essential travel to Great Britain and to South Africa. The consular assistance available to anyone who travels there in the current circumstances will be very limited.

FULLY VACCINATED EXEMPTION – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.

However, even if you are fully vaccinated, you still have to have a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.

*PLEASE NOTE – YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO ISOLATE ON ARRIVAL INTO NORTHERN IRELAND, YOU WILL JUST NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE MANDATORY HOTEL QUARANTINE.

What ‘fully vaccinated’ means:

Full course of any one of the following vaccines: Regarded as fully vaccinated after:
Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®) 7 days
Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®) 14 days
Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield) 15 days
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®) 14 days

For more information on Mandatory Hotel Exemptions in the Republic of Ireland: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a6975-mandatory-hotel-quarantine/#exemptions

*FROM 19TH JULY 2O21, SUBJECT TO THE PREVAILING PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION, IRELAND’S TRAVEL ADVICE WILL CHANGE AND WILL OPERATE WITH THE EU DIGITIAL COVID CERTIFICATE (DCC): https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/7894b-post-cabinet-statement-resilience-and-recovery-the-path-ahead/#international-travel

INFORMATION FOR THE COMMON TRAVEL AREA

If you’re travelling from within the Common Travel Area and staying overnight in Northern Ireland, you should take a rapid lateral flow device test (LFD) before you begin your journey.

  • You should only travel if the test is negative.
  • You should also take an LFD test on days two and eight of your stay.

Information on how to order lateral flow device tests is available at:  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If the test result is positive, you must begin a period of self-isolation immediately, along with anyone you’re staying with.

Anyone who receives a positive test using an LFD should have a confirmatory PCR test within 24 hours. Tests should be booked at:

For more information on travelling within the Common Travel Area: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-within-common-travel-area#toc-4

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