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Travel to Northern Ireland during Covid-19


COVID CERTIFICATE

The Department of Health has introduced an automated method for Northern Ireland citizens who have received both their COVID-19 vaccinations to apply for COVID vaccination certification. You should not make any travel arrangements without making sure you have a valid certificate.

Click HERE for more information.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Effective from 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:

Rules if you’re not fully vaccinated

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:

Rules if you are fully vaccinated

**From 4.00 am on 2nd August, if you’re coming to Northern Ireland from an amber list country and have been fully vaccinated in the UK, USA or Europe you will not have to quarantine or take a day eight test on arrival. This does not include France.

Anyone who has been in France in the last ten days will need to self-isolate on arrival to Northern Ireland in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes any fully UK vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach Northern Ireland.

Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in Northern Ireland.

However you must still:

  • provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to three days before departure
  • book and pay for a day two COVID-19 PCR test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form within 48 hours of departure

UK residents under the age of 18, who are returning to Northern Ireland and people taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials are exempt from requirements to self-isolate and the day eight test.

For more information on amber list countries and pre-departure and post arrival testing: 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:

  • provide proof of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test
  • complete a UK passenger locator form either on arrival, or in the 48 hours before arrival
  • book and enter managed isolation (hotel quarantine) for 10 days

Pre-departure testing:

All those aged 11 and over must take a COVID-19 test, in the three days before you start your journey to Northern Ireland, even if you’re normally a resident in Northern Ireland.

For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

You will need to present valid proof of your negative test before you board to travel to Northern Ireland. If you don’t, you may not be able to board your transport to Northern Ireland.

If you arrive in Northern Ireland without proof of a negative test result, you could be fined £500, as this is a criminal offence. You can also be fined if the test doesn’t meet the required standards or contain all of the necessary information.

For more information on red list countries, hotel quarantine and testing requirements: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-red-list-country

Travelling to NI via Great Britain

If you are travelling back to Northern Ireland from a red list country, via Great Britain, even if this is just to change flights in an airport, you will be required to enter managed isolation there, before travelling on to Northern Ireland.

Travelling to NI via the Republic of Ireland

If you travel to Northern Ireland from a red list country, via the Republic of Ireland (ROI), you may be required to enter managed isolation there, before travelling to NI.

If you are not required to enter managed hotel isolation in ROI, due to a difference in red list countries or because you are fully vaccinated, you are still required to enter managed hotel isolation in Northern Ireland and must make your way to the managed isolation hotel within two hours of your arrival into Northern Ireland.

In addition to complying with the requirements in the Republic of Ireland, you must also complete a UK passenger locator form (external link opens in a new window / tab).

Failure to complete the UK passenger locator form, when travelling via the Republic of Ireland, incurs a fixed penalty notice of £500 with laddering for subsequent offences up to a maximum of £4,000.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – UPDATED TRAVEL ADVICE

If you are travelling to Ireland from abroad you must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. Arrivals from designated high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Persons exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine may still be required to quarantine at home.

Travel to Ireland from specific Designated States is subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. This must be pre-booked in advance of travel.

These arrangements apply to any passenger who has been in any of the countries listed as a Designated State 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/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/

For the list of Designated States: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

TRAVELLING TO NI FROM WITHIN THE COMMON TRAVEL AREA

If you’re travelling from within the Common Travel Area (CTA) 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.
  • You should not travel to Northern Ireland if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 result.

You do not need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if you’re travelling from within the CTA and you have not been outside the CTA in the last 10 days.

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

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